New Jersey Guide

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Upcoming Election
New Jersey General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Race for President
A
Darcy Richardson (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A
Howie Hawkins (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
B-
Joe Biden (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Joe Biden has a history of supporting anti-drug, tough on crime policies as well as those that imposed punitive penalties for drug offenses and facilitated discrimnation against drug users.

His current criminal justice reform plan includes provisions that would decriminalize the use of cannabis and automatically expunge all prior cannabis use convictions. Read more

C
Rocky De La Fuente (I) MEDICAL USE
"I support decriminalization of possession and use of marijuana under federal laws. I believe each state should decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use." -CBS12.com
Race for U.S. House District 1
A
Donald Norcross (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for U.S. House District 2
A
Jesse Ehrnstrom (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
C-
Jeff Van Drew (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

 

 

 

Race for U.S. House District 6
Race for U.S. House District 7
C+
Tom Kean (R)
Race for U.S. House District 9
B+
Billy Prempeh (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
B-
Bill Pascrell (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for U.S. House District 11
B-
Mikie Sherrill (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for U.S. House District 12
A+
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

“I’m glad to see our state’s elected leaders stepping up to address the disparities that marijuana has created in our criminal justice system with the inclusion of strong social justice components in their proposal to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, and I am especially grateful for Governor Murphy’s leadership."

"The criminalization of marijuana has done real damage to lives, families and whole communities among people of color in this country. When it comes to drug use and addiction, we have frequently and mistakenly used the criminal justice system with Black and Brown people, while seeking treatment, leniency and healthcare for White users." https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/newsroom/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=520 

 

Your Elected Officials
Governor
A
Philip Murphy (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. Senate
A+
Cory Booker (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. Senate
C
Bob Menendez (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 1
A
Donald Norcross (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 2
C-
Jeff Van Drew (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

 

 

 

U.S. House District 3
B-
Andy Kim (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 4
D
Chris Smith (R) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 5
C-
Joshua Gottheimer (D) DECRIMINALIZE
U.S. House District 6
U.S. House District 7
U.S. House District 8
B-
U.S. House District 9
B-
Bill Pascrell (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 10
A
Don Payne (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 11
B-
Mikie Sherrill (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
U.S. House District 12
A+
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

“I’m glad to see our state’s elected leaders stepping up to address the disparities that marijuana has created in our criminal justice system with the inclusion of strong social justice components in their proposal to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, and I am especially grateful for Governor Murphy’s leadership."

"The criminalization of marijuana has done real damage to lives, families and whole communities among people of color in this country. When it comes to drug use and addiction, we have frequently and mistakenly used the criminal justice system with Black and Brown people, while seeking treatment, leniency and healthcare for White users." https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/newsroom/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=520 

 

State Senate District 2
C+
State Senate District 3
A+
Stephen Sweeney (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Senate District 5
B+
Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)
Sponsored legislation to expand state MMJ program
State Senate District 6
B
James Beach (D) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 7
A
Troy Singleton (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Senate District 8
B-
State Senate District 9
State Senate District 10
D
Jim Holzapfel (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 11
A
Vin Gopal (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Senate District 12
D
State Senate District 13
State Senate District 15
B-
Shirley Turner (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State Senate District 16
B
Christopher Bateman (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 18
A
Patrick Diegnan (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Senate District 19
B
Joseph Vitale (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State Senate District 20
C
Joseph Cryan (D) MEDICAL USE
"Efforts to legalize marijuana in New Jersey would have our state take too big a step, too quickly. Decriminalization may be a better and more sensible option in the short-term." - NJ Senate Republican site
State Senate District 21
C+
Tom Kean (R)
State Senate District 22
A+
Nicholas Scutari (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Senate District 23
State Senate District 24
F
Steven Oroho (R) NO MEDICAL USE
"I don't separate the use of marijuana from other dangerous controlled substances — they are all drugs. Marijuana is commonly referred to as a gateway drug in that when one starts experimenting with marijuana, the user will often escalate to much more perilous addictions." -New Jersey Herald
State Senate District 25
D-
State Senate District 26
F
Joseph Pennacchio (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE
“New Jersey’s roadways are extremely congested and we don’t have a full-proof weed sobriety test. A mad dash to legalization, without taking the time to examine the consequences, is a recipe for disaster.”- https://www.senatenj.com/index.php/pennacchio/pennacchio-not-so-fast-legalizing-weed/35507
State Senate District 27
State Senate District 28
B
Ronald Rice (D) MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 30
C+
Robert Singer (R) MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 31
A
Sandra Cunningham (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Senate District 34
A
Nia Gill (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Senate District 36
B-
State Senate District 39
State Assembly District 3
A
John Burzichelli (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Assembly District 9
D-
D-
DiAnne Gove (R) NO MEDICAL USE
State Assembly District 11
B+
Joann Downey (D) DECRIMINALIZE
State Assembly District 14
A
Wayne DeAngelo (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Assembly District 17
A-
Joseph Danielsen (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
State Assembly District 20
A+
Annette Quijano (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A+
State Assembly District 22
A
James Kennedy (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Co-sponsored a bill that would "Legalize possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana for persons age 21 and over; create Division of Marijuana Enforcement and licensing structure."
State Assembly District 23
D-
F
Erik Peterson (R) JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION NO MEDICAL USE
State Assembly District 24
D-
F
Parker Space (R)
"I am opposed to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in New Jersey. Maybe it is because of my upbringing or what have you, but like what Nancy Reagan said, 'Just say no.'" -New Jersey Herald
State Assembly District 26
D-
Jay Webber (R) DECRIMINALIZE
F
BettyLou DeCroce (R) MANDATORY MINIMUMS JAIL TIME FOR POSSESSION
State Assembly District 27
B+
John McKeon (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Mr. Mckeon wrote in an Op-Ed that he supports legalization as long as two criteria are met: protecting the medical market with subsidies/tax leniency; as well as the introduction of a state regulated bank that could handle dispensary (medical and recreational) money, while avoiding federal interference. https://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/09/ill_vote_to_legalize_marijuana_but_these_2_things.html
State Assembly District 31
A+
Angela McKnight (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Assembly District 34
A+
Britnee Timberlake (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
State Assembly District 40
B
Kevin Rooney (R)
"Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney introduced legislation authorizing medical marijuana to treat opioid and heroin addiction. The bill (A4015) adds substance use disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify a patient to use medical marijuana." -Cannabis Business Times