July 25, 2018
New Jersey’s leading marijuana legalization advocacy coalition, New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR), made up of leaders and organizations in the New Jersey law enforcement, civil rights, and medical communities, issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Grewal’s decision to put all marijuana prosecutions in New Jersey on hold until Sept. 4:
“Attorney General Grewal did the right thing by putting a hold on marijuana prosecutions throughout the state until the development of a statewide policy regarding marijuana prosecutions. In 2016, New Jersey made more than 32,000 arrests for marijuana possession. As the state makes progress toward legalization, hitting the pause button on current prosecutions for something that we expect the Legislature to address within a matter of months is wise and just. We look forward to working together with state and local officials, including through the attorney general’s proposed working group, to put in place permanent policies to end unjust marijuana prosecutions.”
In addition, NJUMR Steering Committee Member JH Barr, Municipal Prosecutor for the Township of Clark, made the following statement, in conjunction with NJUMR’s:
“As a municipal prosecutor, I support the Attorney General’s decision to put marijuana prosecutions on hold. We have yet to see a slowing of arrests for marijuana possession, and this step makes me hopeful that the arrests can soon come to an end in New Jersey. I look forward to the seeing the results of the Attorney General’s proposed working group and hope to see diverse community representation as part of the working group to advise our Attorney General and fellow municipal prosecutors."