New Jersey is about to legalize cannabis, but home growers could still face up to 20 years in jail

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With New Jersey set to legalize recreational cannabis, advocates and researchers are sounding the alarm about legislation that still carries draconian punishments for home growers, Politico reports. With a Jan. 1, 2021 deadline in mind, neither the proposed legalization bill nor the accompanying decriminalization bill addresses the long-outdated penalties for home growing. New Jersey cannabis legalization efforts get a celebrity boost from Kevin Smith and Rick Steves New Jersey governor sees weed as a possible post-pandemic economic fix Banners urge New Jersey voters to say “yes” to legalizing recreational weed Politico reports that Gov. Phil Murphy, who has been advocating for legalization, is opposed to allowing home cultivation of any kind, for recreational or medical use. A complete ban on home growing would make New Jersey, which is set to become the largest U.S. state on the east coast to legalize cannabis, an outlier compared to other states that have legalized the plant. Legalize it.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) September 29, 2020 As the laws are currently written, growing a single plant could result in three to five years in prison while growing 10 plants could lead to a maximum 20-year sentence if an individual is charged with “maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility.” Additionally, the charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence, requiring those convicted to serve at least a third of the sentence. Ed Forchion, a cannabis advocate known as “NJ Weedman”, told Politico that the lack of action on addressing the home-growing penalties is evidence that the state is looking to reap profits rather than help the communities that have been most impacted by the War on Drugs. “Big guys, corporations, they can violate federal law in the state of New Jersey and grow tons of marijuana,” Forchion argued. “But a little housewife…

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