ASSEMBLY, No. 785

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2022 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† ERIK K. SIMONSEN

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblyman† RALPH R. CAPUTO

District 28 (Essex)

Assemblyman† ANTWAN L. MCCLELLAN

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman Dunn, Assemblyman Auth and Assemblywoman DeFuccio

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education include content on risks of cannabis and marijuana use.

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

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An Act concerning substance abuse instruction in the public schools and supplementing P.L.1987, c.389 (C.18A:40A-1 et seq.).

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† The Department of Education, in consultation with the Division of Addiction Services in the Department of Human Services, shall ensure the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education on substance abuse instruction includes, for each grade three through 12, age-appropriate instruction on:

†††† a.†††† the impact of cannabis and marijuana products on the adolescent brain and body;

†††† b.††† the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive substance in marijuana that produces the high associated with smoking marijuana and which can also lead to central nervous system depression;

†††† c.†††† the risks of addiction to cannabis and marijuana products;

†††† d.††† the risks of driving while under the influence of cannabis or marijuana products;

†††† e.†††† the difference between medicinal and recreational use of cannabis and marijuana products; and

†††† f.†††† an examination of the external and internal influences that may impact a personís decision to use or abstain from cannabis and marijuana products.†

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect on the 60th day after the date of enactment.†

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† Current law requires the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education include content on the nature and treatment of drugs, alcohol, anabolic steroids, tobacco, and controlled dangerous substances (N.J.S.A.18A:40A-2.2).† This bill requires the Department of Education, in consultation with the Division of Addiction Services in the Department of Human Services, to ensure the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education on substance abuse instruction include specific age-appropriate instruction, for each grade three through 12, on the use of cannabis and marijuana products.†

†††† Under the bill, the learning standards must include:

        basic information about cannabis and marijuana products and its impacts on the adolescent brain and body;

        the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive substance in marijuana that produces the high associated with smoking marijuana and which can also lead to central nervous system depression;

        the risks of addiction to cannabis and marijuana products;

        the risks of driving while under the influence of cannabis or marijuana products;

        the difference between medicinal and recreational use of cannabis and marijuana products; and

        an examination of the external and internal influences that may impact a personís decision to use or abstain from cannabis and marijuana products.†