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Assembly Committees in New Jersey Senate Advance Cannabis Bill

Legal cannabis is inching closer to becoming a reality in the Garden State.

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New Jersey made its way back in headlines when legislative Assembly committees in the state Senate advanced a bill to regulate legal cannabis within state lines and bring the new state industry to life. 

Of course, the last time New Jersey was being lauded for their recreational cannabis progress was earlier this month, when residents voted to make cannabis legal. Now, the state is faced with a task. Before legal cannabis can become a reality, regulatory processes must be there to keep things operating smoothly. 

Now, the Assembly Appropriations Committee has voted 7-4 to pass on A21, a plan to enforce and regulate social use. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee passed S21, a mirror of A21, 8-4. In both Committees, the legal language was cleared to pass. 

A few things were already set in stone in the state’s cannabis code, including making the substance legal for those 21 and over. According to the new law, those of legal age could use and possess cannabis, a state commission can be formed to oversee the sale of cannabis. Now, the race is on to establish a way to regulate recreational cannabis. 

“We’ve got to get this done by the end of the year,” the legislation’s lead sponsor, Sen. Nick Scutari (D), was quoted as saying at the Assembly panel hearing regarding the bill. “If we don’t, we’re going to run into a myriad of other problems.”

It’s also an intentional move that there are two mirror versions of the bill passing through New Jersey legislation. 

“Our language will be different than what the Assembly has,” said Sen. Paul Sarlo (D), chair of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, “which will allow us to negotiate.”

A Greener Garden State

It’s not surprising that the Senate is taking such a liberal view of cannabis and jumping in to help regulate the new industry. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee have already approved legislation that would reduce previous cannabis offenses and decriminalize cannabis. 

“The voters approved legalizing adult-use marijuana (earlier this month), so now it is time we decriminalize it so that folks in Black and Brown communities across the state do not continue to be disproportionately arrested for possession,” state Sen. Ronald Rice, D-Essex claimed in a statement. “Decriminalization is the long-sought remedy for rampant injustice in our state.”

While advocates remain optimistic about legal cannabis in the state, they also want to see the new program put into place with intention. As cannabis law is discussed throughout the state, there is pressure from the public to return cannabis profits to an equity program that would provide workforce training and loans to those negatively impacted by a war on drugs. 

“Even if the bill does not pass right now in its current form, the sky will not fall,” said Tauhid Chappell, a local journalist and cannabis advocate quoted during the public comment period of the legislation. 

One way or another, legal cannabis has reached New Jersey. It just remains to be seen how the state plans to regulate the budding industry.



Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Says Cannabis Legalization Will Not Happen In The State

Unfortunately, according to Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, cannabis legalization is unlikely to happen in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin has been pushing for legal cannabis, but it looks like now, those hopes may be gone. The Senate leader has stated this week that they will not be making moves to legalize, as there is not enough support from Republicans to back it up.

“We don’t have support from the caucus. That’s pretty clear, that we don’t have 17 votes in the caucus for medicinal purposes or recreational purposes [to] legalize it,” Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said regarding the decision.

LeMahieu is personally against the measure as a Republican, and in general, while some Republican senators support cannabis, there is not enough support across the board to be able to move forward.  

“I think that discussion needs to be done at the federal level and not have some rogue state doing it without actual science behind it,” LeMahieu said.

Currently, Republicans control the Wisconsin Senate at a rate of 20-12, soon to be 21-12 when Representative John Jagler, based in Watertown, joins the Senate after winning his special election. For this reason, it is difficult for things like COVID relief and regulation, legal cannabis, and other partisan issues normally backed by Democrats to be passed.

While nearly all the Senate Democrats in Wisconsin support legal cannabis, there is still not enough support across party lines.

However, there is still hope that medical cannabis legalization will be taken up, but LeMahieu will only support it if there is enough backing to pass it with only Republicans, in order to make sure there is bipartisan support. 

Is There Hope For Wisconsin?

Wisconsin first started talking seriously about legalizing cannabis when Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, proposed the idea as a way to boost the state budget following COVID. 

“Legalizing and taxing marijuana in Wisconsin—just like we do already with alcohol—ensures a controlled market and safe product are available for both recreational and medical users and can open the door for countless opportunities for us to reinvest in our communities and create a more equitable state,” Evers claimed back in February regarding the merits of legalizing cannabis.

And Evers definitely does have support. A total of 83 percent of voters in Wisconsin at least want to legalize medical cannabis. Fifty-nine percent of state residents support recreational cannabis. Still, Republican lawmakers are not quite there yet, as many in the Senate think that even medically legal cannabis is a bad idea.

Democratic Senator Melissa Agard was the one to pose a bill that would legalize recreational cannabis, but Wisconsin is not ready— a fact that saddens Agard. “It’s really clear that many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are out of touch with what the vast majority of the people of Wisconsin are asking for us to do,” Agard said. “I believe that if Republican leadership stopped putting their thumbs down on their caucus members we would be able to move this policy forward.”

“It’s disappointing Republicans would rather play politics than listen to the overwhelming majority of Wisconsinites who support Gov. Evers’ Badger Bounceback plan to expand BadgerCare, increase investments in our schools, and tax and regulate marijuana much like we already do with alcohol,” echoed Evers spokeswoman Britt Cudaback in a statement.

Cudaback is referring to the plans the governor has to extend medical care in the state and pay for things like schools using taxed, regulated, legal cannabis.

It seems that at least for now, Wisconsin won’t be getting a legal cannabis market, and maybe not even a medical one. However, the support from residents and Democrats remain, and in the event nation-wide legalization occurs, Wisconsin won’t be able to keep legal cannabis out forever.

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Cannabis Industry Investor Conference: Company Executives Present April 20th

Cannabis Company Executives share vision, answer questions live at NEW YORK, April 16, 2021 /CNW/ – Virtual Investor Conferences and KCSA Strategic Communications today announced the agenda for the upcoming KCSA Cannabis Industry Virtual lnvestor Conference. Individual investors, institutional investors, advisors and analysts are invited to attend. The program opens at 10:15 AM ET, with the first […]

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NEW YORKApril 16, 2021 /CNW/ – Virtual Investor Conferences and KCSA Strategic Communications today announced the agenda for the upcoming KCSA Cannabis Industry Virtual lnvestor Conference. Individual investors, institutional investors, advisors and analysts are invited to attend. The program opens at 10:15 AM ET, with the first live webcast at 10:30 AM ET, on Tuesday, April 20th.


It is recommended that investors pre-register and run the online system check to expedite participation and receive event updates. There are no fees to log-in, attend the live presentations or ask questions.

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A real-time solution for investor engagement, Virtual Investor Conferences is part of OTC Market Group’s suite of investor relations services specifically designed for more efficient Investor Access.  Replicating the look and feel of on-site investor conferences, Virtual Investor Conferences combine leading-edge conferencing and investor communications capabilities with a comprehensive global investor audience network.

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First P-8 Poseidon aircraft for Norway moves into assembly




First P-8 Poseidon aircraft for Norway moves into assembly

The first P-8A Poseidon fuselage for Norway has arrived at Boeing’s factory in Renton, Washington, from Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas.

This marks a major milestone in the production of the first of five Poseidons for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

A derivative of the Boeing 737 Next-Generation commercial aircraft, the P-8 is first assembled at Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ 737 production line, where the fuselage receives additional wiring and systems needed to support military components, equipment and operation.

The aircraft is then delivered to Boeing’s defence, space & security unit for the installation of military systems, testing and delivery to military customers.

“Boeing uses a proven in-line production process to efficiently build the aircraft,” said Christian Thomsen, P-8A Europe programme manager. “Implementing established best practices and common, commercial production-system tools enables the team to reduce flow time and cost while ensuring quality and on-time delivery to our customers.”

Norway is expected to receive its first P-8 later this year. In total, five P-8s will eventually replace Norway’s current fleet of six P-3 Orions and three DA-20 Jet Falcons and will provide advanced capabilities to maintain situational awareness in neighboring waters on and below the surface of the ocean.

To date, Boeing has delivered 104 P-8 aircraft to the US Navy and customers in Australia, India and the UK.


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