New legal marijuana bill introduced — leniency for minor offenses

Briana Vannozzi, Anchor | February 15, 2021 | Politics, Law

NJ Spotlight News has confirmed the governor and lawmakers may be closer to a deal on legal marijuana than is being let on. Another bill was proposed on Friday — addressing both legalization and decriminalization for minors — that lowers the cost of fines for 18 to 20-year-olds to $50 dollars each. Anyone younger would receive written warnings that will escalate with each offense.

The bill also creates a 26-person task force to review underage marijuana use and this group’s encounters with police. It also discourages arrests by making the process burdensome and time-consuming for officers.

A legislative committee is expected to vote on the new bill Tuesday — with amendments possible — and a full floor vote scheduled Thursday.

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