420 with CNW — NJ Lawmakers Approve Cannabis Legalization Bill Addressing Governor’s Concerns

February 9, 2021 04:25:56

On the November ballot, voters in New Jersey approved a referendum to legalize marijuana, joining the growing number of states that allow cannabis. Shortly after the vote, the legislature introduced and passed enabling legislation that would create a regulated cannabis market. However, after lawmakers passed the legislation, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy revealed that he wasn’t a fan of the lack of penalties for underage possession.

To put his fears at ease, lawmakers tried to pass a bill addressing the issue of youth possession, but after key legislators pulled their support, a floor vote was canceled. This past week, however, a New Jersey Assembly Committee approved a “clean-up” bill that would address underage possession and pave the way for legalizing cannabis in the state. The proposal would fine adults aged 18 to 20 years $50 for possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and $100 for more than an ounce. On the other hand, anyone under…


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