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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Cannabis Clean Up Legislation Held

Initially, both the Assembly and Senate were scheduled to consider legislation to clarify the recent cannabis legislation, A-5211/S-3320, on Monday. However, as of this afternoon, it appears the deal to legalize and decriminalize cannabis collapsed reportedly amid concerns with the decriminalization component.

This legislation is intended to clarify some issues of concern apparently raised by the Governor’s office with A21/S21. We note that A21/S21, which legalizes adult use of cannabis, passed previously and the Governor has until early February to act on these bills.

  As currently drafted A-5211/S-3320: 

  • Establishes civil but not criminal penalties for underage residents caught with small amounts of cannabis and marijuana;
  • Updates definitions in the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act to mirror the definitions in the cannabis legalization legislation;
  • Amends New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance Act to exclude medical marijuana;
  • Changes the training provided for the Drug Recognition Expert program from the Police Training Commission approved school to the New Jersey State Police; and
  • Provides that current certified Drug Recognition Experts will need to receive training in the new program. 

We will continue to monitor this legislation and keep our members informed of any relevant updates.

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Assistant Executive Director,, 609-695-3481 x112.

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