Marijuana decriminalization bill stalls over ‘magic mushrooms’ amendment

Briana Vannozzi, Anchor | November 16, 2020 | Politics
Assembly members canceled a vote scheduled for Monday because of controversial amendment

After years of advocacy, the bill to decriminalize marijuana possession in New Jersey has stalled, yet again. Assembly members canceled a scheduled vote on Monday that would prevent arrests and other criminal charges for those found with the drug. The vote was planned as the legal framework is being hammered out for legalized recreational adult use of marijuana in the state.

Lawmakers say the vote delay is due to a controversial amendment — one that lowers criminal penalties for psychedelic or “magic mushrooms” — that found its way into the decriminalization bill. Ian Shearn is following the debate at the State House and joins Anchor Briana Vannozzi.