New Jersey is one of the most densely populated and smallest states in the United State. And the state had some of the most stringent marijuana laws in the country before the legalization of medical marijuana in 2010. The recreational marijuana use is still not legalized here and there are many state officials that have been working toward it for years.
Their efforts have not been in vain as the bill on the legalization of recreational use and possession of cannabis is only a few months away from passing. Still, there are many challenges and reforms have been created over the years to deal with them. One prime example is NJUMR.
What is NJUMR?
Founded in 2015, New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform is a partnership of criminal justice, political, faith, civil rights, medical, and public safety reform leaders who are committed to changing the laws of New Jersey to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use. The goal of NJUMR is to confront marijuana arrest inequalities that amount to a civil rights crisis. Legalizing the recreational use of marijuana so that it is easily available at every NJ marijuana dispensary for adults would put an end to the harms that have been caused by the current laws. It would also help generate more revenue, increase public safety, create jobs, and advance racial justice.
Priorities of NJUMR
Following are the top priorities of NJUMR:
Marijuana misuse is a major issue and the criminal justice system has failed to deal with it. NJUMR aims to shift to a public health approach. CBD edibles are less harmful and less addictive than tobacco, alcohol, and many other substances, and the myth that they lead users to more addictive drugs has already been disproven.
However, that doesn’t mean that marijuana is harmless. According to research, everyday use of marijuana can lead to dependence in 9% of users. NJUMR’s priority is to strengthen the medical system of New Jersey so that the problematic use of marijuana can be better prevented, diagnosed, and treated.
Strengthening public safety is another top priority of NJUMR. By legalizing marijuana and making products like CBD edibles easily available at every NJ marijuana dispensary, the illegal drug market will be dealt with. In return, the law enforcement resources of the state will have more time to focus on serious crimes.
Protecting Young People
There are concerns that legalizing adult marijuana use in the state will have severe consequences on minors. NJUMR is committed to prevent this from happening.
There are a number of ways it can be achieved:
• Youth restrictions
• Greater investment in evidence-based prevention strategies
• Separation of marijuana from the illegal market
NJUMR has been advocating for marijuana legalization from a social and racial justice point of view since the day it was founded. The current approaches to marijuana are failing and there is a need to build a regulated, controlled, and safe system. And that’s what NJUMR is all about – encouraging to reform marijuana laws of New Jersey for the public safety and fairness.