New Jersey Attorney General Urges Marijuana Enforcement Discretion While Legalization Rules Are Developed

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The attorney general of New Jersey released marijuana guidance for law enforcement on Wednesday following voter’s strong passage of a state referendum to legalize cannabis for adult use. In the statement, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (D) said that, yes, voters approved marijuana legalization. But no, that doesn’t immediately mean that adults can use, possess or purchase “unregulated” cannabis legally. However, he recognized that there may be some confusion among residents about the implications of the referendum’s passage so he said police and prosecutors “should exercise discretion” in pursuing marijuana cases, as outlined under earlier 2018 guidance that he issued. But he said they shouldn’t codify “blanket policies that de facto decriminalize marijuana,” which would “not only impermissibly assume a role that belongs to the Legislature, but would also undermine the framework for legalized cannabis that the electorate approved.” Under the referendum, the constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana takes effect on January 1, 2021. The legislature’s role is now to pass enabling legislation that will set out the rules and regulations for a legal cannabis market, and a bill to accomplish that could be introduced as early as Thursday, a top senator recently said. “It is important that residents accurately understand…

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