New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Ahead Of Legalization Referendum

New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Ahead Of Legalization Referendum

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill on Monday that would decriminalize possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and reduce penalties for larger amounts. The vote comes ahead of a statewide referendum in November to more broadly legalize cannabis for adult use. The legislation, which was merged with a separate bill dealing with cannabis reform, was approved by the Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee in a 4-0 vote, with two abstentions. Under the proposal, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana “would be an unlawful act subject only to a civil penalty of $50,” according to a summary. Possession of more than two ounces but less than one pound would be punishable by up to six months in prison or up to a $1,000 fine for a first offense. “If we’re going to start to break away at the layers of the systematic injustice of possession of marijuana, why not try to at least introduce bills and support bills that will get us to that end goal of legalizing marijuana?” Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D), one of the chief sponsors of the bill, told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview. “My take is that I support full legalization, but we got to take these small steps to get to that,” he said. “These bills demonstrate our focus and our goal of ultimately making marijuana legal and decriminalizing possession of the substance.” Watch lawmakers discuss the marijuana decriminalization bill, starting around 1:46:03 into the video below: [vimeo 429255506 w=740…

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