New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Bill Would Treat Weed Like Tobacco

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A New Jersey State Assemblyman on Thursday introduced a bold, cannabis-friendly bill that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in the Garden State.

The proposed law – A4193 – would legalize marijuana and “provide for records expungement” for certain past marijuana offenses. In addition, the bill would make it possible for New Jersey retailers to sell cannabis products similar to tobacco products, including at local convenience stores.

“This bill would legalize marijuana by removing all criminal liability associated with marijuana from the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, as well as its regulation as a controlled dangerous substance under the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act,” the bill reads.

According to the bill, the manufacturing, distribution, possession and use of medical marijuana would remain subject to the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

Marijuana users with prior criminal convictions for possession, use or being under the influence of marijuana, or “failure to make lawful disposition of marijuana” would be eligible to have their convictions expunged in an “expedited process” via Superior Court.

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