Good news! Last week, Sen. Teresa Ruiz, along with cosponsor Sen. Ronald Rice, filed a sweeping decriminalization bill. If passed, the bill would dramatically reduce penalties for distribution and possession charges, prohibit discrimination for past convictions, and automatically expunge marijuana records. You can check out a full summary here.
Please email your state senator and assemblymember today to ask them to support decriminalization.
Earlier this year, separate decriminalization bills were filed in both the Assembly and the Senate. In January, A.1897, sponsored by Assemblyman Jamal Holley and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, was referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and in March, S. 2101, sponsored by Sen. Ronald Rice, was introduced and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Both efforts stalled due to COVID, but in the wake of global protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, there seems to be renewed optimism for passage ahead of New Jersey’s ballot initiative this fall.
A.1897 is scheduled for a public hearing this Monday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. before the Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee. A full summary of the bill is available here.
Although the Capitol remains closed to the public, you can still make your voice heard on A. 1897. Click here for details.
To go the extra mile, considering calling your state assemblyperson and senator or making an appeal on Twitter or social media.
After you take action, please spread the word to others so they can also make their voices heard!