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NJ Cannabis Sales Bill Up For Vote Today

The long awaited bill comes just days after voters approved legalization

Lawmakers are set to vote Nov. 9 on a long-awaited set of bills legalizing, taxing and regulating adult-use recreational marijuana.

Their introduction comes after voters on Nov. 3 overwhelmingly approved cannabis legalization in a two to one margin.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders had been hoping to avoid putting the measure before voters, but agreed to it after two years of unsuccessful bill negotiations in the halls of the state capital.

One measure – Senate Bill 2535 – was amended to decriminalize possession of up to six ounces of marijuana and distribution of up to one ounce. First offenses would be met with a warning, and a $25 fine for any following offenses.

Another proposal being looked at Monday would do largely the same: decriminalize possession of up to 2 ounces of cannabis or 5 grams of hashish.

Meanwhile the 206-page Senate Bill 21 – dubbed the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act – will be voted on at the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m.

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