New Jersey’s Dem Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Marijuana

New Jersey’s Dem Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Marijuana


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Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday legalizing cannabis for adults, delivering on a campaign promise that had led to years of inter-party disagreements.

The new law decriminalizes the possession of up to six ounces of marijuana and lessens the consequences for minors caught with it in their possession.

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“There isn’t anyone who has supported these efforts who wouldn’t acknowledge this process has taken much longer than anticipated,” Murphy said during a news conference on Monday. “But certainly it is better to get things done right than fast.”

Even though Democratic leaders in the state’s government and two-thirds of New Jersey residents supported legalization, disagreements between Murphy and legislators over how to penalize minors caught with cannabis almost torpedoed the new legislation.

Legalization came after Murphy signed

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