Share Your Voice With the Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Thank you to ACLU-NJ for contributing much of the below. For examples of written testimony, please see NJPP’s testimony and NJHRC’s testimony. Please note that the below content is also available in a shareable googledoc.  Help Needed! Share your voice with the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC). The CRC is hosting three public meetings about how … Read more

Cannabis revenue should be used to repair harms of the drug war

New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission is hosting public hearings on how revenue from the Social Equity Excise Fee should be used. Learn more about how to testify here, and check out talking points on equitable investments here. Below is testimony from New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition’s Jenna Mellor recommending how revenue from the cannabis Social Equity … Read more

Governor Murphy signs syringe access expansion bills into law

Today, Governor Murphy signed into law far-reaching legislation to expand harm reduction services in New Jersey. The Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847) removes authority to approve and close syringe access programs (SAPs) from local municipalities and places that authority with the New Jersey Department of Health, aligning SAPs with other public health services. The Syringe Decrim … Read more

Syringe access expansion laws passed by New Jersey Senate and Assembly

January 10, 2022 — Today, the New Jersey Legislature passed far-reaching legislation, sponsored by Senator Joseph Vitale and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle, to expand access to syringe services, which are essential public health tools to end the overdose crisis. The Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847) will expand access to essential syringe access programs (SAP) throughout the state … Read more

Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847) advances out of committees

Earlier today, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees approved the Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847), sending the proposal to the full Legislature for Monday’s voting session. The bill would remove the restrictive municipal ordinance requirement that limits access to lifesaving syringe services in New Jersey. In response to the bill advancing through both committees, the New … Read more

150+ Healthcare Providers, Public Health Experts, & Recovery Advocates Call on Legislature to Pass Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847)

December 21, 2021 — In an open letter sent to state lawmakers earlier today, more than 120 public health experts, clinical providers, academics, and recovery advocates called on the New Jersey Legislature to pass pending legislation (S3009/A4847) to expand syringe access services. “We are losing a generation of loved ones and family members to the … Read more

Letter to Legislators in Support of Syringe Access Bill

The below letter — signed by 150+ and counting public health experts, healthcare providers, clinicians, & recovery advocates — was sent to New Jersey legislators in support of legislation to expand syringe access. Press Release Download Letter Share with your legislators Add your name Open Letter to Legislators Dear New Jersey Legislators:We are losing a … Read more

Essential, Effective, & Human: Syringe Access Public Education Campaign

Today, we launched “Essential, Effective, Human,” a public education campaign promoting the public health and human benefits of syringe access. The campaign features the stories of seven New Jersey residents — people who have benefited from syringe access, faith leaders, physicians, and syringe service providers — who support syringe access in their communities. The campaign … Read more