New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR) is a partnership of public safety, medical, civil rights, faith, political, and criminal justice reform organizations and individuals committed to changing New Jersey’s laws to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older. NJUMR aims to confront marijuana arrest disparities that amount to a civil rights crisis, with Black New Jerseyans arrested at a rate roughly three times higher than that of whites, despite similar usage rates. Ending prohibition of marijuana would put an end to the tremendous harms caused by our current laws, advance racial justice, create jobs, increase public safety, and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
It’s time to move away from our failed approach to marijuana, and build a safe, controlled and regulated system. It’s time to reform New Jersey’s marijuana laws—fairness and public safety demand nothing less.
NJUMR Steering Committee
The Steering Committee of New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform directs the statewide campaign to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol for adults.
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
The ACLU of New Jersey works to defend liberty throughout the state of New Jersey. The ACLU-NJ is involved in litigation and advocacy on behalf of individuals, and lobbies on scores of bills in the state legislature and local councils. In addition, the ACLU is active in many public education and community organizing projects.
To learn more about the ACLU of New Jersey visit https://www.aclu-nj.org
Jon-Henry Barr, Esq.
Secretary of the New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association
A former Clark Township Councilman, Mr. Barr also served as a law clerk to a Superior Court judge in Monmouth County, New Jersey. His areas of practice include personal injury, workers’ compensation, civil litigation, collections, criminal law and municipal court. Mr. Barr currently serves as the municipal prosecutor for the Township of Clark and is the current Secretary and former President of the New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association.
Mr. Barr is a state certified Emergency Medical Technician and a member of the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad.
To learn more about Mr. Barr visit http://jhbarr.com
William J. Caruso, Esq.
Managing Director, Archer Public Affairs; Former Executive Director, New Jersey Assembly
Mr. Caruso is of counsel at the law firm, Archer. Before this he served nearly five years as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office in Trenton. During his tenure, Mr. Caruso helped shepherd through numerous pieces of landmark legislation, including New Jersey medical marijuana law and health benefits reform.
To learn more about Mr. Caruso visit http://www.archerlaw.com/our-people/william-j-caruso
Latino Action Network (LAN)
The Latino Action Network is a grassroots organization composed of individuals and organizations that are committed to engaging in collective action at the local, state and national level in order to advance the equitable inclusion of the diverse Latino communities in all aspects of United States society.
To learn more about Latino Action Network visit http://latinoaction.blogspot.com
Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP)
LEAP envisions a world in which drug policies work for the benefit of society and keep our communities safer. A system of legalization and regulation will end the violence, better protect human rights, safeguard our children, reduce crime and disease, treat drug abusers as patients, reduce addiction, use tax dollars more efficiently, and restore the public’s respect and trust in law enforcement.
To learn more about LEAP visit https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org/
NAACP New Jersey State Conference
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People New Jersey State Conference is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
To learn more about the NAACP New Jersey State Conference visit http://www.njscnaacp.org
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy for the legalization, taxation and—above all—the effective regulation of marijuana in the United States. DFCR consists of American physicians who share the belief that the only rational approach to the cannabis trade is for the Government to regulate and tax it, directing significant revenues to evidence-based drug education and treatment.
To learn more about DFCR, visit www.dfcr.org.
NORML NJ is the New Jersey state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. NORML NJ is a non-profit corporation dedicated to uniting the millions of New Jersey supporters of marijuana reform.
To learn more about NORML NJ visit http://www.normlnj.org/
Each member of NJUMR’s all-volunteer steering committee puts in countless hours from their own resources. The ACLU of New Jersey is the primary funder of the organization, although direct financial contributions facilitate only a small portion of the organization’s work. The bulk of NJUMR’s work relies on the volunteer hours and administrative support of various nonprofit organizations and professionals working pro bono to advance the mission of NJUMR. In addition to these in-kind contributions from steering committee members, such as the NAACP State Conference, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and Latino Action Network, among many others, NJUMR receives contributions from everyday New Jerseyans who support the cause of legalizing cannabis to advance social justice and racial justice in the Garden State and beyond.