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anyone else from NJ?? MJ penalties & budget crisis info..

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by sensimil, Feb 16, 2003.

  1. I havent heard much from anyone else in jersey, so if you lurking :) or just dont want to give it up that your from jersey lol :)...I got this email and wanted to forward it on (and to really see if Im the only one representin!

    Please distribute this memo widely. Forward to family and friends who
    live in New Jersey, or ask them to visit

    TO: New Jersey residents*

    FROM: Paul Gessing, MPP legislative analyst

    DATE: Wednesday, February 12, 2003

    SUBJECT: Ask your legislators to help close New Jersey's budget
    deficit by reducing marijuana penalties


    Several major newspapers have reported recently on New Jersey's budget
    crisis. Government officials are considering deep budget cuts and tax
    increases as the two likely options for bridging the projected
    $4 billion to $5 billion shortfall expected during the coming fiscal
    year. Reform of the state's harsh marijuana penalties should also be
    considered as a means of saving money.

    Incarcerating nonviolent marijuana offenders is a costly policy.
    Ending the prosecution of nonviolent marijuana offenses and releasing
    nonviolent offenders would reduce New Jersey's prison expenses and
    save taxpayers' money without reducing public safety. Not only would
    the state save $20,000-$25,000 per year, per inmate, on prison costs,
    but for every nonviolent offender not prosecuted, the state would also
    save on court costs and police time.

    Please visit and send a pre-written
    letter to your state representative and senator. After you choose your
    favorite pre-written letter and type in your address, our site will
    automatically determine who your state legislators are and e-mail your
    letter to them ... all with the click of a few buttons. The whole
    process takes less than two minutes but makes a world of difference.

    Reforming New Jersey's draconian marijuana laws would be a logical
    first step in saving money and ensuring that nonviolent offenders --
    not murderers and rapists -- are released from jail. Under current
    law, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana is punishable by up
    to six months in jail. Possession of larger amounts is punishable by
    18 months in prison. Cultivation and sale of marijuana are also
    punishable by between one and 20 years in prison.

    Clearly, the expense of incarcerating nonviolent marijuana offenders
    has contributed to the current budget shortfall. It is time for
    New Jersey to get its budget priorities straight.


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