New Jersey General Assembly approves bill to decriminalize weed

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However, we encourage the Senate to pass a stronger decriminalization bill. The decision to let voters decide on marijuana’s fate in New Jersey follows several unsuccessful attempts to pass legislation that would allow recreational weed. Lawmakers in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature approved a bill this week that would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana. The bill, which needs to be approved by the New Jersey State Senate next, comes ahead of November’s vote – when voters in the Garden State will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana. A recent Monmouth University poll revealed broad support among voters in New Jersey for legalizing recreational sales at the ballot in November.

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Lawmakers in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature approved a bill this week that would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana. 

In a vote of 63 against 10, with 5 abstentions, the General Assembly gave the green light to the measure which would make minor marijuana possession offenses punishable with a $50 fine instead of prison time and a criminal record. 

The bill, which needs to be approved by the New Jersey State Senate next, comes ahead of November’s vote – when voters in the Garden State will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana. The decision to let voters decide on marijuana’s fate in...

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