AN ACT working to control the use of Recreational Marijuana by restricting its' market and consumption among adults and teens.

  • Posted on: 28 February 2020
  • By: Atharva Kulkarni
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
An act Relating to the Implementation of Restrictions on the use of Marijuana for Recreational Use.
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that multiple restrictions be placed on the use and retail of recreational cannabis to all age groups.
Sections: 
Section I : Defines "Recreational Marijuana" refers to the use of cannabis without the justification of medical purposes. "FDA Regulations' ' define that Marijuana can only be used for medicinal purposes. "Further implementations of restrictions on Marijuana" refers to the use of age, legal, and civil barriers to prevent the abuse of Marijuana and restrictions on its retail in states where Cannabis is not yet legal.
Section II Any adult over the age of twenty one can be incarcerated for retail and abuse of Marijuana against state laws for up to six years without bail. Juvenile offenders who are found to have possession of Cannabis will be sent to delinquent centers for up to six months and will be forced to serve 400 hours of community service. Both teens and adults will also have to undergo a six week rehabilitation program and a vocational education that will help them get jobs once they are released.
Section III This bill will be referenced as "The Barriers to Recreational and Illegal Cannabis use," which will be under the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee of the New Jersey Consumer affairs department.
Section IIII 30% of New Jersey's police personnel will serve as a Drug Inspection and Control Unit, helping prosecute abuse of Marijuana in the state of New Jersey. This unit will serve to ensure that Marijuana laws are enforced and will arrest individuals breaking said laws. Training will consist of drug recognition seminars, basic life support for someone suffering from an overdose, and basic consultation techniques to handle someone suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Training will be administered and held at the respective police stations by rehabilitation specialists. It will be funded by the police units who are holding them.
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect on January 1st, 2020..
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to reduce the alarming rate at which Marijuana addiction is rising and to set standards for the use of other highly addictive drugs. Almost 50% of American teens and young adults are vulnerable to Marijuana addiction, and that number will continue to rise. Marijuana is also linked to the loss of neurons in the brain's frontal lobe, which is responsible for cognitive function and reasoning. Because of this, Marijuana is insidious to the mental and physical well being of a person. In addition, almost 7.5 million parents use drugs themselves, which can be detrimental to a teen with an impressionable mind. With young people having access to drugs such as Marijuana in so many ways is terrifying, and could potentially jeopardize the future of our communities.
Author's Note: 
If you are aware of the dangers of recreational Marijuana, please support the "Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana" organization, which works tirelessly to keep Cannabis out of our communities.
Lobbyist Consideration: 
Yes
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from the New Jersey Division of Taxation. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Consumer Affairs Department of the New Jersey state government.
Speedpass Consideration: 
No
Thinktank Consideration: 
Yes