This November, New Jersey residents will go to the polls and vote on statewide hashish legalization. But within the meantime, state legislators need to considerably curtail the Garden State’s notoriously harsh hashish policing.
According to NJ.com, the New Jersey State Assembly accredited a decriminalization invoice this week that would scale back the penalty for carrying as much as two ounces of hashish from an computerized arrest to a $50 nice on the worst. The invoice, which handed with a 63-10 margin, would additionally scale back jail time and fines for folks arrested for carrying greater than two ounces.
“New Jersey is being really progressive in starting this conversation,” DeVaughn Ward, senior counsel on the Marijuana Policy Project, advised NJ Cannabis Insider. “At two ounces, it would still be progress for the region. The reality is that for every increase is another life that could potentially be saved; somebody that could not be forced to encounter law enforcement.”
Under a concurrent decriminalization proposal unveiled within the New Jersey State Senate earlier this month, New Jersey residents would be capable of carry and promote as much as one pound of hashish and solely obtain a warning or $25 nice if caught. But whereas the Assembly decriminalization invoice has already handed a fee and the total State Assembly, the state senate has not but debated the alternate measure.
As hashish activists rely down the times till they will vote for full legalization in New Jersey, each decriminalization payments now sit with the Democratic-led state senate. Governor Phil Murphy — who campaigned on a promise to legalize weed that he has struggled to maintain — is predicted to signal both invoice in the event that they cross in each homes of the state legislature.
“The time for lawmakers to take action is long overdue,” NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf told Marijuana Moment. “Law enforcement continues to arrest almost 100 New Jerseyans every day for marijuana violations, a disproportionate number of whom are young, poor, and/or people of color. Passage of this legislation is the first step in repairing some of the harms caused by the War on Drugs.”
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