The governor of the US state of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, signed on Monday three laws that in practice approve the recreational use of marijuana in the region For over 21 years, more than 3 months after citizens voted forcefully in favor of a constitutional amendment to do so in the elections on November 3.
“From this point on, New Jersey’s broken and indefensible marijuana laws, which stained the record of many residents and ruined their future, and which disproportionately harmed communities of color and they did not do justice at any level, they no longer exist, “Murphy said on Monday shortly before the signing.
The legislation, which allows the possession of up to 170 grams of marijuana, has been 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 has finally decided that arrests and fines for young consumers will be replaced by verbal warnings and educational programs of drugs.
“A national model”
“I really believe that this process has led to laws that will serve as a national model,” said Murphy, admitting that It took longer than you would have liked in approving the recreational use of cannabis.
The approval of the recreational use of marijuana, however, comes when cannabis dispensaries for medical purposes they still can’t meet the demand in the state, so the sale to the general public will not begin until production is increased sufficiently.
Therefore, it is anticipated that marijuana cannot be sold for recreational purposes in New Jersey. until the end of this year, according to 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 (…) they can be released and go on with their lives “, Murphy added.