Final public forum centers on NJ marijuana legalizationPosted: Updated:
The last public hearing on legalizing marijuana in New Jersey took place Saturday at Bergen County Community College in Paramus.
It marks the fourth public hearing held by the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee to get the people's stance on marijuana legalization.
Experts were also on hand to provide their input. A former DEA agent who now works for a Canadian cannabis company spoke about the experience of legalizing marijuana in Colorado.
"I think people thought it was going to be Armageddon in Denver and I just haven't seen that," said Pat Witcher, Vice President of GrowForce.
The hearing also consisted of talk about edibles, vaping, medical marijuana and more.
The committee has not yet written a bill. There is no clear timetable for marijuana legalization even though it was a campaign promise from Gov. Phil Murphy.
Some Democrats in the Legislature have resisted Murphy’s call for legalization and opted for decriminalization instead.
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