New Jersey Finally Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Politics News - New Jersey Finally Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Even though voters approved the cannabis law in November, recreational marijuana has been legalized in New Jersey just now. 

By signing the three related bills on Monday, Governor Phil Murphy has made New Jersey the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Even though the bill was voted in November, cannabis hasn’t been legal until now. 

Under the new bill, New Jersey is launching a recreational industry while also ending cannabis-related arrests. However, non-medical marijuana won’t be accessible to everyone, as people under the age of 21 will face penalties for using it. 

New Jersey people hope to reach justice on the social and every other level with the new law — no more staining the residents’ records or hurting the communities of color.

The November ballot initiative approved adult-use of marijuana in Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana. Although Murphy was hoping to legalize marijuana in New Jersey sooner, it took more than three years. 

Medical marijuana is now legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. 

Thanks to the new laws, adults (21 and over) can carry no more than six ounces of marijuana with no legal consequences. Police can only give warnings to young people if they smell marijuana, but they cannot stop them. Police officers could be charged with civil rights violations in the case of disregarding this provision.

Executive director for the ACLU of New Jersey, Amol Sinha, is just one of the civil rights advocates looking forward to the legalization and its future effects on the state’s social and racial justice. 

Sales should start in late 2021, as New Jersey still hasn’t licensed recreational dispensaries.