On Thursday, two New Jersey committees advanced legislation that will launch the state’s adult use cannabis industry. The New Jersey Assembly Budget and Appropriations committee voted to release A21, while the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee also passed S21, their version of the bill. Full floor votes on the legalization framework could come before Thanksgiving, though differences now need to be negotiated.
On Election Day, voters in New Jersey approved a ballot measure to legalize cannabis for adult use, which has since catalyzed legalization conversations in neighboring northeast states, including Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. A separate bill in New Jersey that would decriminalize up to six ounces of cannabis has stalled amid concerns over reduction of penalties related to psilocybin possession.
The Assembly vote came after more than three hours of testimony on bill amendments.The conversation again highlighted that equity provisions don’t go far enough for many advocates, and fears that license caps could ice out equity applicants. Another recurring comment from speakers? Allow homegrown cannabis.
Also, caps on licenses remain in the Assembly version—for example, the number of cultivation licenses will be capped at 37 for the first two years—with the exception of microbusiness licenses. Senator Paul Sarlo said during yesterday’s Senate committee meeting that their version will strip caps on licenses, noting that “our language will be different than what the Assembly has.”
This is just one of the differences that the chambers will have to reconcile before the bill can head to Governor Phil Murphy. The differences, Sarlo said, “will allow us to negotiate.”
The proposed caps on licenses have upset some advocates.
“These caps would do little to advance racial justice – in fact, it’ll continue to perpetuate an unjust status quo. There’s no doubt,” the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Tweeted.
“Caps make it almost impossible for equity candidates – people + families impacted by prohibition – to thrive in the new industry. Caps also drastically reduce funds collected from taxes on legal cannabis sales that could be reinvested into communities harmed by the War on Drugs,” they added.
For some time, the Senate committee’s discussion centered on cannabis in the workplace, and how to balance employees who want to legally consume cannabis during their time off, while ensuring that people aren’t coming to work impaired.
Over in the Assembly, John Burzichelli, chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, said that the legislative process is never going to be perfect, and legislation is refined over time.
“Legislation is a living, breathing thing. So, as we bring this to life, it doesn’t mean that this is the final version, forever and ever. So everyone has to stay engaged on this,” he said.
Assemblymember Annette Quijano outlined some of the amendments, which “represent a commitment to hope and opportunity,” especially for communities of color that have been disproportionately harmed by enforcement of cannabis laws.
As amended, the Assembly version proposes a social excise tax on cannabis cultivators, which would be used for social justice causes. Other amendments include a fair employment provision, as well as a reciprocity amendment, to “make sure that people from other states and nations can come and participate in the New Jersey market,” Senator Nicholas Scutari, longtime supporter of cannabis legalization and sponsor of the bill, said at the start of the hearing.
“The social and economic justice provided by this bill are major steps forward towards greater hope and opportunity for all New Jerseyans,” Quijano said, urging lawmakers to advance the bill.
Scutari said that the amendments don’t change the intent of the original legislation.
“These amendments make the bill and the new cannabis industry more equitable, more efficient, and potentially garner additional revenue for different sources,” Scutari said. “By implementing a regulated system that permits people over twenty one to purchase limited amounts of marijuana for personal use, we bring marijuana out of the underground market into a controlled, regulated marketplace where we’ll tax it and regulate it just like alcohol.”
Since the first hearing earlier this week, Scutari said he’s received “dozens of memos” that contained hundreds of suggested amendments, and that the current amended bill makes a “very strong bill even stronger.”
“I think we’ve come up with a very ingenious way to raise funds, but to continue to allow the marketplace to grow, and be hopefully competitive with the illicit market,” Scutari said.
Assemblymember Kevin Rooney asked about home growing, and whether residents would ever be allowed to grow small amounts for their own consumption. Many others also shared this concern during the public comment period.
“We can theoretically brew our own beer, make our own wine, in fact, have our own distillery at home for our own personal consumption. Do you see today, or any time in the near future, where we would allow residents, if they choose, to grow a specific small amount of plants at their own home for their own consumption?” Rooney asked.
Scutari answered, “Me, personally? Yes, I believe that that’s something that’s the future for New Jersey.” But, he added, during his research on legal markets, he found that “one of their biggest problems” was home grown cannabis, because some people would grow far more than they needed.
Scutari gave the example of someone living with a large family, and growing the allowed number of plants for each family member, even if they don’t consume the cannabis, and called it a “problem of policing.”
“We believe that in order to have this industry evolve in the best fashion possible, that that shouldn’t be part of our initial regulation scheme,” Scutari said.
Tauhid Chappell, a medical cannabis patient and cannabis educator and journalist, recommended that the bill, as written, should not be signed.
“There still needs to be a lot of work and amendments that relate to equity, restitution, and reparations for black and brown residents of New Jersey, specifically those who have been impacted by cannabis prohibition and the larger war on drugs,” Chappell said, suggesting that 30% of the tax revenue go toward equity provisions like community reinvestment grants, a cannabis equity application grant, job training, technical assistance for licensing, workforce training, education development, and no interest loans.
Chair Burzichelli again reiterated that this is the beginning of the legislative process, and that amendments will still come down the line.
Jessica Gonzalez, general counsel for Minorities for Medical Marijuana, pointed out that the current version of the bill is too vague when it comes to equity.
“Given the very recent news of this social equity excise fee, it’s imperative now more than ever that the community meant to receive the benefit of these new fees be explicitly defined,” Gonzalez said.
For context, Colorado regulators and stakeholders have spent months hammering out how to define a disproportionately impacted area, as it pertains to equity. Jack Reed, of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, said during Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division’s final hearing on proposed permanent rules, that regulators plan to build out a tool that is “national in scope” that will allow someone to enter an address, place a dot on a map, and learn whether this location qualifies as a disproportionately impacted area.
Jason Ortiz, president of the Minority Cannabis Business Association, joined others in expressing disappointment that amendments were released just before the hearing, which didn’t allow many of the attendees to read and digest the changes.
“I don’t think we’re looking for perfection. We’re looking for justice. And we have examples of how this has happened in other places. So it’s not that New Jersey is happening in a vacuum. We have examples where our justice has been delayed and essentially denied everywhere else that we’ve had this conversation,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz also urged specificity on equity.
“I think the rush to push this is going to derail the process. It’s going to make it where we don’t meet deadlines. And so I want to make sure that there’s community reinvestment a real way that actually meets the damage done,” Ortiz said.
Medical CBD – Is There a Legitimate Medical Use to Cannabidiol?
Medical CBD is everywhere lately from gas stations to online stores to odd products, like CBD-infused pillows and CBD lubricant. Awareness of cannabidiol has certainly increased in the modern age, thanks to not only the legalization of hemp products but also because of solid medical evidence. The problem is that not everyone understands the differences between medical CBD, recreational CBD, and CBD health supplements, which are something in-between. We will
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Medical CBD is everywhere lately from gas stations to online stores to odd products, like CBD-infused pillows and CBD lubricant. Awareness of cannabidiol has certainly increased in the modern age, thanks to not only the legalization of hemp products but also because of solid medical evidence.
The problem is that not everyone understands the differences between medical CBD, recreational CBD, and CBD health supplements, which are something in-between.
We will discuss what medical CBD benefits there are, and if they’ve been verified by science.
Is CBD Light-Weight Marijuana?
First, remember the differences between CBD and marijuana, both of which come from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol, CBD, a type of cannabinoid, is found in both cannabis and hemp.
On the other hand, THC is another form of cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, and is the part that worries people – since it can cause psychoactive effects, including heightened senses, euphoria, and if you take too much, paranoia.
By nature, CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects, because it either comes from hemp (which has no THC), or it comes from cannabis, in an isolated form with little to no THC content included with the extracted CBD.
Therefore, CBD usually has no relationship with THC, except in the case of “full-spectrum CBD.” Full-spectrum CBD may contain multiple cannabis extracts, and in some cases may contain a certain degree of THC – hence it will seem more potent than isolated CBD.
If CBD oil contains more than 0.3 percent THC that means it is legal marijuana, and can only be sold to adults within the states where marijuana is medically legal or legalized for recreational use. Marijuana plants usually have more resin, which is where much of the THC and CBD comes from, as opposed to hemp plants, which are for more industrial purposes.
Can You Get High from Medical CBD?
It wouldn’t be completely forthright to say that CBD has no psychoactive effect at all. If a person takes a CBD product containing 0.3 percent THC or less, they will usually not feel it at all. However, some people are very sensitive to THC and may feel a slight effect if it’s near 0.3 percent.
Some people claim CBD relaxes them or even interferes with their dreams. However, in the case of vivid dreams, some also speculate that deep “REM” phase sleep, resulting from a more relaxed dreamer, could be the reason for this.
What Do People Claim CBD Can Do?
Anecdotally speaking, many people have claimed CBD can treat a variety of problems and conditions. Some conditions include:
- General pain
- Cancer symptoms
- Heart health
- Drug withdrawal
- Cancer and tumors
- Neuroprotective effects
These testimonies are not surprising, given that the cannabis plant has always been linked to some health effects for pain and relief.
If anything, marijuana has been understudied because of its illegal status as a schedule 1 drug for so many years. Only recently have cannabis compounds like marijuana been legalized in various U.S. states, and other countries around the world.
What Medical CBD Testing Says
Agencies, like the FDA, still claim that CBD is not recognized as a treatment for most medical conditions. In fact, the agency still sends out warnings to CBD companies making any medical claims in regards to CBD’s ability to prevent or treat diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even pain or inflammation.
However, it has been acknowledged that CBD can be an effective drug treatment, especially since through the FDA-approved pharmaceutical drug, Epidiolex, which was scientifically proven to treat certain types of epilepsy such as Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes.
The potency of CBD is so great the FDA has issued warnings regarding possible liver damage for heavy doses.
Presumed Medical CBD Effects
The bigger issue is whether we can acknowledge that CBD does affect the endocannabinoid system, along with other physiological processes. This means it’s likely the drug/supplement will positively affect the body in some way, though specific treatment is not clear at this time.
For example, if we know for a fact that medical CBD can treat seizures, and seizures result from electrical disturbances in the brain, it’s quite reasonable to speculate that CBD could affect the CB1 receptors in the brain.
If it could be proven that CBD has neuroprotective effects, we could rightly say CBD treats diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and other conditions.
If it could be proven that CBD reduces inflammation, CBD might be listed as a medical treatment for certain neurodegenerative symptoms, or even diabetes.
However, more research is needed and all the FDA has done after years of promising to develop regulatory guidelines for health CBD supplements, is continue to file “nothing reports.”
Should You See a Doctor Before Taking CBD?
Doing anything outside of your usual lifestyle routine should justify a doctor’s visit. A doctor may be skeptical about medical CBD’s ability to “cure” any problem, but will probably not discourage you from trying the drug, just to see if you experience any pain relief.
If you’re in good health, and there are no drug interactions that might harm you (such as other drugs that affect the liver), taking low-dose CBD oil or related products might help.
Who knows – maybe CBD health supplements are being suppressed by Big Pharmacy and the FDA because of Epidiolex’s patent as a medical drug. Or, it could be that CBD human trials are so limited and do not follow the criteria required to verify the science yet.
Whatever the scenario, medical CBD products are limited at the time being. However, many personally advocate for CBD, stating its value as a pain relief health supplement, not to mention potent treatment for several other conditions.
Why not see for yourself and start browsing medical CBD topics on CBDEducationOnline.com?
I need help
Can someone point me in the right direction?
I’ve been depressed for years and I cycle between low and even lower in terms of my mood.
Right now I am having serious brain fog and can’t gather the words to properly articulate just how low I am feeling, mainly because my depressed mood these past few months has just built up to the point that i’ve shut down and am disassociating again.
I have a therapist but cbt therapy has never helped even though i’ve dedicated 4 years of my life to it. I’m seeing, yet again, a new psychiatrist after trying several different SSRIs and psychotropics over the years that I never benefited from.
This one prescribed me an antipsychotic called Latuda that’s used to treat bipolar depression. I have not taken it because i’m traumatised from bad experiences with psych meds in the past.
I don’t think i’m crazy. I’m just a chronically and deeply depressed individual for whatever reason. Or for no reason. My depression makes no sense. I should be thriving right now. I’m 26. Too young to be feeling this worn down.
I also deal with an anxiety disorder that my therapist describes as “the most severe case of anxiety he’s encountered.” Lmao. I was diagnosed with GAD years ago and I have anxiety literally every moment I am awake. At any given moment, I am experiencing one physical symptom of anxiety if not more. I take so many trips to the ER i’d consider it a second home.
Shortness of breath and throat tightness has been a fun one i’ve been gifted with more recently. To relieve this, I started smoking cigarettes more. Makes a lot of sense, I know.
OCD and ADD are also debilitating. Insomnia. I can’t sleep without my Ambien prescription and even then I have terrible quality of sleep.
I have so many mental health issues and I don’t know how they’re all connected or what caused what or even the root of my issues. Is the ADD a symptom of my depression? Or is it the other way around? Same with all my other diagnoses. Who fucking knows.
Bottom line, i’m a mess and every day I keep telling myself I can’t go on like this but I can’t seem to die and every day I struggle so much it doesn’t make sense to keep going when it only gets worse.
I think I am extremely sensitive to THC because every time I have smoked it ends in a full blown panic attack and an existential crisis that leads me to the hospital. I already deal with depersonalization so feeling outside of my body is a recipe for disaster in my book.
I need to get my mood up and feel more energised and balanced and be productive before I get fired. My boss keeps telling me my negative attitude and lack of energy is off-putting. I get absolutely no work done. All I do is sit in my chair, miserable, counting down the minutes until I can speed back to my apartment and sleep.
Please recommend me something. Anything. I’ll try anything. I did once try a grossly overpriced CBD tincture and the effects were…questionable.
I thought this would be a short post asking for some quick advice but I got carried away. I know I personally can’t always read long posts so I understand if nobody responds. But if anyone that’s even slightly knowledgeable can guide me a bit…just skim through this please 🙁
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