Statement of Hugh O’Beirne, President, New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association
“New Jersey has the opportunity to become the national model on how best to position cannabis legalization as a source for social and restorative justice in communities devastated by the failed war on drugs. The expungement of non-violent cannabis-related criminal offenses is morally essential and is a critically important first step in this process.
Our legislature is considering a cannabis legalization bill that includes significant provisions mandating the expungement of cannabis related criminal records and promoting meaningful avenues for broad minority participation in the legal cannabis industry. Criminal record expungements and minority business participation in the legal cannabis industry can’t make up for decades of social injustice — but it’s a necessary starting point. Our legislature is addressing these issues as part of carefully crafted, comprehensive cannabis legalization legislation that will deeply benefit the people of New Jersey.”