Latest marijuana legalization bill likely has enough support to become law

Briana Vannozzi, Anchor | February 19, 2021 | Budget, Politics

It’s looking like Gov. Phil Murphy may have a marijuana legalization bill to sign after all.

In a late Friday afternoon hearing, the Senate Judiciary Committee cleared a new cleanup bill. This was after the panel made several attempts to get the measure off the ground this week and came close to pulling it entirely.

The legislation includes big changes. It now makes penalties for both underage drinking and marijuana use subject to written warnings for anyone under the age of 21. Eighteen to 21-year-olds caught using or possessing marijuana could face a $50 fine. A three-step warning system would be in place for anyone younger. And minors possessing or drinking alcohol would face a $250 fine.

Sources tell NJ Spotlight News the Senate has enough votes to pass the bill, and, as currently written, that Murphy will sign it. A voting session is scheduled for Monday.

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