ACLU-NJ Issues ‘Baseline Cannabis Plan’ for New Regulations to Meet Initial Benchmarks for Justice


<![CDATA[NEWARK, NJ — PRESS RELEASE — The ACLU-NJ today released its Baseline Cannabis Justice Plan, a platform of requirements the state’s new cannabis industry must put in place to meet a basic standard for justice, focusing on how to prioritize meaningful public input in the community reinvestment process, how to create an inclusive and accessible industry, and how to share information with the public. Read the full Baseline Cannabis Justice Plan, which sets out initial ways the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) can implement legalization with equity and justice, here. The ACLU-NJ’s Baseline Cannabis Justice Plan calls for: Equity-focused distribution of funding  Making sure fees specifically go toward reinvestment in communities hit hardest by the drug war, and specifically do not go toward funding of law enforcement, which has been responsible for carrying out the drug war. Expanded hearings and advisory board to inform the CRC’s recommendations on spending revenue from the social equity excise fee Dedicated funding and staff for Office of Minority, Disabled Veterans and Women Cannabis Business Development Real opportunities in the industry for people impacted by the drug war  Priority applicant status, fee waivers, start-up capital and other resources to support the participation in the industry of individuals harmed by cannabis criminalization  Hiring requirements for businesses to extend opportunities to individuals from disproportionately impacted municipalities No artificial limits on licenses Meaningful public participation, guidance for municipalities and transparency  Expanded data collection and public reporting on industry diversity  Proactive guidance and information from the state for both the public and municipalities on participating in the cannabis marketplace “Legalization was only the first step in undoing the harms and disparities of marijuana enforcement, and it can only succeed if we maintain our focus on equity and racial justice through the process of regulation and beyond,” said ACLU-NJ Policy Director Sarah Fajardo. “New Jersey has a pivotal chance…

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