New Jersey Appeals Court Rules the State Must Reconsider Cannabis Legal Classification
On October 31, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that the state must reconsider the legal classification of cannabis in light of its health benefits. The court noted the medical benefits of cannabis were not known when New Jersey adopted the federal government’s schedule I classification in 1971. Citing a lack of jurisdiction, the court then remanded the case to the Division of Consumer Affairs director to proceed with its findings. The ruling doesn't change the legal status of cannabis in New Jersey, but it is a development to keep an eye on.