New Jersey Legalization Proposal Should Include Social Justice Revisions

New Jersey Legalization Proposal Should Include Social Justice Revisions

There was a hearing yesterday in the New Jersey State Legislature for SB (Senate Bill) 3195, which would legalize small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and older.  This Bill is sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union). While we are generally supportive of bills such as this, and have reported on New Jersey cannabis policy before, we feel there are a few pitfalls with this one.

Additionally, The Drug Policy Alliance and other civil rights and racial justice organizations have expressed concern over Senator Scutari’s proposed legislation. While they commend Senator Scutari for his leadership on marijuana reform, they are disappointed that the legislation introduced does not include essential components to create a fair and equitable marijuana market in New Jersey.

“Marijuana legalization in New Jersey must be fair and equitable and must include policies to repair past harms and encourage participation in the industry,” said Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Marijuana laws in New Jersey have disproportionately harmed communities of color. African Americans are three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites even though both use marijuana at similar rates. Legislation to legalize marijuana in our state must include policies to right these wrongs.”

Meagan Glaser is the Deputy State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance in New Jersey.  She was present at the hearing and shared that the social justice amendments suggested at the hearing yesterday included the following:

  • Protections for those who apply for a license or employment in the industry who have prior arrests and/or convictions
  • Access to the industry for individuals from different socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Requirement that the state shall actively seek to achieve a diverse industry
  • Provisions intended to repair communities most harmed by marijuana prohibition, including expungement and investment of revenue generated into communities
  • Civil penalties for marijuana activities that occur outside the new legal system to avoid the continuation of a criminal system that disproportionately harms communities of color

Glaser added, “The committee members and Chairman (who is also the sponsor of the legalization bill) were receptive to amendments. The Drug Policy Alliance and the New Solutions Campaign (a broad coalition of faith leaders, civil rights and racial justice advocates advocating for fair and equitable marijuana reform in New Jersey) are looking forward to working with Senator Scutari and other members of the legislatue to make sure this legislation benefits all New Jerseyans.”

As reported by nj.com, this is what SB 3195 would do currently:

  • -Decriminalize marijuana possession of up to 50 grams “immediately” and allow people who have been arrested for pot possession to expunge their records
  • Establish a Division of Marijuana Enforcement in the state Attorney General’s Office which would create the rules used to govern the legal market of growers and sellers
  • Allow people to possess up to one ounce of dried marijuana, 16 ounces of edible products infused with cannabis, 72 ounces in liquid form and seven grams of marijuana “concentrate
  • impose a sales tax on recreational sales beginning at 7 percent in the first year, climbing to 10 percent in the second year and jumping five percent more each year until it reaches 25 percent. Taxes on medical marijuana would be abolished
  • Give the five existing medical marijuana dispensary nonprofit groups first crack at selling recreational pot

Advocates for legalized marijuana have reason to be frustrated that the bill does not address the unfairness of the criminal enforcement of marijuana laws.  According to a study published by New Jersey’s ACLU, blacks and whites use marijuana at similar rates but blacks are far more likely to be arrested and convicted for doing so. In fact, this study determined that black residents were 3 times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts. The ACLU estimated New Jersey police agencies spend about $143 million per year to enforce the state’s marijuana laws, and that 9 of 10 arrests targeted marijuana users rather than dealers.

It’s essential to add certain provisions to the legislation to ensure that SB 3195 creates a fair and equitable marijuana market and repairs the harms that have disparately impacted communities of color in New Jersey.

People can learn more by visiting DPA’s website (there’s factsheets on the issue and NJ-specific resources), watching the video below, following them on Twitter and joining the coalition.

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Published at Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:57:06 +0000

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

The Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser

Monday, May 1st, 2017

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Published at Mon, 01 May 2017 05:10:37 +0000

Angel Capital Summit for Cannabis Investors & Startups

Angel Capital Summit for Cannabis Investors & Startups

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —  The Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world’s largest professional organization for accredited investors, will host investors from around the world at its 2017 ACA Summit, April 26-28 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. ACA Summit speakers will address topics impacting individual investors and investment strategies, including building diversity among entrepreneurs, Trump Administration impact on healthcare investing, and growth in new sectors such as blockchain and cannabis startups.

American angel investors pumped an estimated $24.6 billion into more than 70,000 startups across the country in 2015. Many of these companies are innovative, high-growth firms that create the most net new jobs in our economy and distribute new products and services that make a difference in people’s lives. ACA will celebrate great investments and 60 successful exits for ACA members and their portfolio companies at the ACA Summit, demonstrating how “Angels Drive the Success of Great Startups and Economic Growth.”

Keynote speakers include renowned venture capitalist Tim Draper and his father Bill and adult children sharing perspectives on changes they see in investing, leading investors Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein speaking on building diversity in entrepreneur communities, Steve Westly on investing in companies that change the world, and Dave Chase on “Investing in Healthcare’s Transformation.”

“Diversity among ACA Summit presenters and attendees has never been greater, reflecting a growing community across age, gender, race, and geographic lines.  We are pleased to provide attendees with access to some of the most successful angel investors in the world, as well as insights into best practices for navigating change and achieving exits for member portfolio companies,” said Marianne Hudson, executive director, Angel Capital Association.

The ACA Summit is the largest professional development event for angel investors. More than 700 ACA members, accredited investors, and startup ecosystem professionals from around the world are expected to attend to network, share best practices in angel investing, and discuss top issues and trends.

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • The Draper Family (Bill, Tim, Jesse, Adam, and Billy): “Investing Through the Generations”
  • Dave Chase, Founder, Health Rosetta Institute, and Executive Producer, The Big Heist: “Investing in Healthcare’s Transformation at the Intersection of Generating Top Tier Returns and Maximizing Impact”
  • Cindy Whitehead, The Pink Ceiling, and Former CEO, Sprout Pharmaceuticals: “How I Got to a $1B Outcome with 160 Angels”
  • Dr. Morton Grosser: “The Crèche of Innovation: A Warp-Speed History of Silicon Valley”
  • Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, Kapor Capital: Fireside Chat
  • Steve Westly, The Westly Group, and Former CFO, the State of California: “Investing in Innovation and Companies That Change the World”
  • Swati Chaturvedi, CEO and Cofounder, Propel(x): “Ahead of the Curve: Opportunities for Investing in Science and Technology”

Members and Non-Members Register Now
ACA members and non-member investors are welcome to attend the ACA Summit by registering at https://www.angelcapitalassociation.org/2017-summit/. Press registration is accessible at that same link.

About Angel Capital Association (ACA)
ACA is the professional association of angel investors across North America and offers education, best practices, public policy advocacy, and significant benefits and resources to its membership of more than 13,000 accredited investors, who invest individually or through its 250 angel groups, accredited platforms, and family offices. For more information,  visit: www.angelcapitalassociation.org or at @ACAAngelCapital; #ACAAngelSummit.

Media Contact
Graeme Thickins
612-867-4055
press@angelcapitalassociation.org

Mary Ellen Amodeo
612-963-5797
press@angelcapitalassociation.org

SOURCE Angel Capital Association

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Published at Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:54:09 +0000

Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam

Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam

Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam.
Our Vapebuster Tim, vapes a variety of herbs at one of the oldest Herb & Spice stores in Amsterdam – Jacob Hooi

Published at Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:02:56 +0000

Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam

Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam

Vaping Herbs at Jacob Hooi, the oldest Pharmacy in Amsterdam.
Our Vapebuster Tim, vapes a variety of herbs at one of the oldest Herb & Spice stores in Amsterdam – Jacob Hooi

Published at Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:02:56 +0000