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Recreational marijuana legal in New Jersey
GOV. PHIL MURPHY signed the legislation Monday, months after voters approved a ballot measure. (Edwin J. Torres Associated Press) 
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TRENTON, N.J. — A recreational marijuana marketplace, cannabis decriminalization and looser penalties for underage possession became law Monday in New Jersey, more than three months after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to legalize adult use of the drug.
Acknowledging that the legislation took much longer to be enacted than expected, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy cast aside critics’ attacks that the move is about filling state coffers with tax revenue or easing penalties on underage possession to the point of making policing difficult.


“The reason I signed these bills, the reason why we’ve been in this fight, is for social justice,” Murphy said Monday during a news conference.
He alluded to decades of stringent policing of marijuana laws — the “war on drugs” that had disproportionate consequences for Black residents.
“At long last, we’ve broken through, and as of today, better days are here, and lives that have been nicked or in some cases ruined, we’ll be able to correct,” Murphy said. “At long last and from this moment going forward, we won’t have to see that same chapter written again in our state’s history.”
Murphy signed the legislation just in time: He faced a Monday deadline to enact two of three of the bills; he signed the third shortly after it was sent to him by the Democrat-led Legislature.
Still, it could be six months before the legalized marketplace is up and running, Murphy and industry analysts estimated. That’s because the state’s new Cannabis Regulatory Commission has to put in place regulations and licenses.


The number of licenses for cultivators will be set at 37 for two years. The state Senate was pushing for no limit on licenses, but the Assembly wanted them capped.
Legislation that passed Monday after weeks of negotiation makes underage possession of marijuana and alcohol subject to written warnings that escalate to include parental notification and a referral to community services upon subsequent violations.
Underage drinking had been punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.
Towns will no longer have the authority to enact ordinances with civil penalties or fines concerning underage possession or consumption on private property. The legislation also increases the liability for suppliers of cannabis items to underage people by making a third or subsequent violation a petty disorderly persons offense.
Some Republicans were aghast at the reduction in penalties.


“There’s no consequence,” GOP state Sen. Bob Singer said. “We’re now saying if you’re caught with it underage, it’s a free pass.”
Murphy responded Monday that marijuana should be treated with “responsibility.” “The words ‘adult use’ have been associated with this from Day One,” he said.
State Police Supt. Col. Patrick J. Callahan said the attorney general and his office were coming up with guidelines for officials across the state on how to enforce the new laws.
As part of the legislation, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be able to levy an excise tax, dependent on the cost per ounce of cannabis.
For consumers, the legal marketplace will be subject to the state’s 6.625% sales tax; 70% of proceeds will go to areas that have been disproportionately affected by marijuana-related arrests.
Black residents have been up to three times likelier to face marijuana charges than white residents.
The decriminalization measure was necessary because state laws make possession a crime, despite the voter-approved amendment, according to lawmakers. The measure passed with broad bipartisan support.

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This is truly great news for us in NJ !!!!

but there’s still work needed  to be done 

the biggie is no home grow and there are some draconian Penalties for just 1 plant 

 This is the tax everything state so there afraid they will miss a penny or 2

but for now I will sit oh my front porch and light one up to celebrate 

 

paps 

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You can't grow at all?

Damn, we still go by our medical rules which is 24 plant max. We're able to grow enough in the Summer to last all year, been lucky with that.

 

More going on...

https://www.marijuanamoment.net/schumer-hosts-first-marijuana-meeting-to-formulate-2021-federal-legalization-plan/

 

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Whoa 

thanks for simplifying it guys 

Wish I could suppress my ADD enough to read through it all.

@Papalag ur right still lots of work to be done 

and love the way you celebrate!

 

 

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