History of CBD and Cannabis In – New Jersey
The changes when it comes to Cannabis and CBD laws has occurred at a lightning fast rate across the United States. While efforts to legalize medical marijuana trace their origins back to the late 1990s, full legalization of marijuana and the regulation of CBD are more recent phenomenons.
In the United States, all fifty states manage their drug policies slightly differently, but more often than not, this governance falls along ideological lines to some extent. New Jersey is one such example: The state legalized medical marijuana in 2010 and has since then tried, unsuccessfully, to legalize recreational marijuana.
Medical Marijuana in New Jersey
On his final day in office, outgoing Governor Jon Corzine signed S119 into law. That law, like many similar ones, allowed for the creation of a medical marijuana program in New Jersey. It established a variety of illnesses which users use marijuana for (including HIV/AIDS, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease and more), and also established a process by which the New Jersey Department of Health could add other illnesses. Patients cannot grow their own marijuana, but they can designate caregivers to purchase and help administer the marijuana to them.
Since then, the state has added a variety of illnesses to the list of qualifying conditions. The full list now includes migraines, PTSD and more.
Efforts to Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey
Despite its status as a progressive state which is controlled by Democrats, New Jersey has not legalized marijuana. Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney both favored the legalization of marijuana, although both supported different versions of the legislation. However, as of yet, the legislative has yet to pass, having repeatedly run into opposition from Republicans and a group of Democrats who feared the impact that legal marijuana would have on their communities.
In March 2019, negotiations to legalize marijuana ended, with no compromise having been reached. As such, recreational marijuana remains illegal in New Jersey.
CBD Regulations in New Jersey
The federal government removed CBD from it’s list of Schedule 1 drugs with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, essentially legalizing the compound at the federal level. As such, the regulation of CBD was left to the states.
As such, CBD is legal and commercially available in New Jersey. Indeed, New Jersey has headed in the direction of more legalization. A 2019 law, signed by Governor Phil Murphy, explicitly legalized the compound, set up regulations for its harvesting and manufacture and established a testing process to confirm the authenticity of CBD which has been produced in other states.