New Jersey is latest state to legalize marijuana.
Governor Phil Murphy signed a few laws into effect on Monday, (February 22). Take a look:
Via Hot 97
According to the new lawy, in NJ, anyone over 21 can have up to six ounces of weed on them without any penalties. The law also allows for the purchase and sale of legal weed at state-licensed dispensaries. It could be up to a year before recreational sales begin, APPreports. It also says distribution of up to 1 ounce will be penalized with a written warning on a subject’s first offense. Marijuana offenses will be criminal in some cases if there’s drug distribution and growing cannabis plants without a license.
In a press conference, Gov. Murphy said,
“New Jersey’s broken, indefensible marijuana laws — which permanently stained the records of many residents and short-circuited their futures, disproportionately hurt communities of color and failed the meaning of justice at every level, social or otherwise — are no more,”
He continued, “In their place are laws that will usher in a new industry, based on equity, which will reinvest dollars into communities — laws which promote both public health by promoting safe cannabis products and public safety by allowing law enforcement to focus their resources.”