New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed on Monday three laws that in practice approve the recreational use of marijuana in that state for those over 21 years of age, more than 3 months after citizens voted forcefully in favor of a constitutional amendment to this in the elections of November 3.
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“From this point on, New Jersey’s broken and indefensible marijuana laws, which tainted the record of many residents and ruined their futures, and which disproportionately harmed communities of color and did not do justice at any level, no longer exist. Murphy said shortly before signing.
The legislation, which allows the possession of up to 170 grams of marijuana, was approved after months of debate among legislators about taxes, sales licenses and what fines would be imposed on those under 21 who consume the substance.
The New Jersey Senate finally decided that arrests and fines for young users will be replaced by verbal warnings and drug education programs.
“I really believe this process has led to laws that will serve as a national model,” said Murphy, admitting that it has taken longer than he would have liked to pass the recreational use of cannabis.
The approval of the recreational use of marijuana, however, occurs when cannabis dispensaries for medical purposes still fail to meet the demand in the state, so the sale to the general public will not begin until production is increased. enough.
For this reason, it is expected that marijuana cannot be sold for recreational purposes in New Jersey until the end of this year, experts told local media, although the decriminalization of consumption takes effect immediately.
“Starting immediately, those who have been arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana … will be able to be released and get on with their lives,” Murphy added.