Legal News: NJ Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Passes Assembly
On Thursday June 18, 2020, the New Jersey State Assembly voted 63-10 to pass A1897 (the "bill"). The bill It seeks to replace arrests for possessing up to two ounces of weed with a civil fine of $50, and also lessens jail time and fines for possession of larger amounts of pot on a sliding scale.
Neither bill would legalize marijuana, meaning those found with pot on them would still likely have purchased it from a dealer selling illegally. Instead, voters must decide on the ballot in November if the Garden State will allow legal weed sales.
The Senate bill would also remove penalties for those on parole or probation who use marijuana, and does not allow police to stop someone because they smell marijuana.
The bill would need to pass the Assembly and the Senate, both with Democrat majorities, before moving to Murphy’s desk for a signature.
For the full bill, see here: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/A2000/1897_U1.PDF
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