New Jersey

Syringe Access

On December 19th, 2006, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed the Blood Borne Disease Harm Reduction Act into law allowing the establishment of the sterile syringe access programs currently operating in five cities. On January 17th, 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation allowing for the sale of limited numbers of syringes in pharmacies without a prescription. The passage of this legislation was the culmination of years of extraordinary advocacy by the Drug Policy Alliance's office in New Jersey and our allies. Increased access to sterile syringes reduces the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases in our state.

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Medical Marijuana

On January 18th, 2010, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed the "New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act," which allows seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation.  The passage of this legislation was the culmination of five and a half years of extraordinary advocacy by the Drug Policy Alliance's office in New Jersey, patient and family advocates, and our allies.  Now, sick and dying patients are able to legally access the medicine that best improves their quality of life.

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Criminal Justice Reform

On January 12th, 2010, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed Assembly Bill No. 2762 / Senate Bill No. 1866, which returned discretion to judges to waive mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent drug offenses.  The passage of this legislation was the culmination of five years of extraordinary advocacy by Drug Policy Alliance New Jersey, and our allies and helps restore stronger families and communities.

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On August 11th, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed comprehensive bail reform legislation (Senate Bill 946 / Assembly Bill 1910). On November 4, 2014, New Jersey voters passed Ballot Question #1 enacting this historic reform which will take effect in January 2017. This important legislation will create a fairer, safer and more cost effective bail system by allowing the supervised pretrial release of low-risk individuals who do not threaten the security of their communities. Bail reform prioritizes public safety and encourages fiscal responsibility while strengthening families and communities. The passage of this legislation was the culmination of almost two years of extraordinary advocacy by the Drug Policy Alliance's office in New Jersey and our allies.

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Overdose Prevention

On May 2nd, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed the Overdose Prevention Act into law, providing Good Samaritan legal protection to overdose victims and those seeking help in overdose emergencies and expanding access to the life-saving opioid overdose antidote, naloxone. The passage of this legislation was the culmination of years of extraordinary advocacy by the Drug Policy Alliance’s office in New Jersey and our allies who are dedicated to preventing needless overdose deaths in our communities.

Learn about our overdose prevention victory.