Cannabis Legalization

Governor Murphy has identified the legalization of the adult recreational use of cannabis as a top priority for his Administration. 

New Jersey's voters said yes to a public question regarding the legalization of adult recreational cannabis use has been approved that was placed on the November 2020 general election ballot by the Legislature.

Now the Legislature is determining how to roll out legalized recreational marijuana. Legislation currently under consideration includes Senate Bill No. 21/Assembly Bill No. 21, New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act”; which legalizes personal use cannabis for certain adults, subject to regulation by Cannabis Regulatory Commission; removes marijuana as Schedule I drug.. 

While the League does not have a position on the topic of legalized recreational marijuana, we provide this information as a tool for our members at a time when legalization is being considered by New Jersey’s citizens. 

The League’s Task Force has explored and researched the impacts of the legalization of adult recreational use on municipalities. 

In addition, NJLM formed a coalition with the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association and the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. While the coalition does not take a position on legalization, we are working together to ensure that municipal interests are protected.


Updated: June 2, 2020