Dmytro Tyshchenko / ShutterstockA man smokes marijuana in this stock image. (Dmytro Tyshchenko / Shutterstock)
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.
“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