Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City Council are hosting a community forum on marijuana in Hoboken, to prepare for the potential legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey. The forum will be held on Monday, November 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hoboken Jubilee Center (601 Jackson Street).
“The legalization of marijuana is an important issue, both socially and economically,” said Bhalla. “This is a social justice issue. While people of all races use marijuana recreationally at about the same rates, people of color are disproportionately more likely to be arrested. Additionally, cannabis has a number of medicinal benefits that would have positive effects on the lives of residents. Beyond that, this could be a big boon for the local economy. Given the massive impact of legalization, we want to make sure we handle this locally in a way that includes public input.”
Panelists will include Amol Sinha of the ACLU of New Jersey, Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante, Sasha Huetz of Garden State of Mind, and local NJ State Assembly members.