Sweeney Introduces Bills Increasing the Likelihood of Marijuana Legalization in New Jersey

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Recreational marijuana could soon be legal in New Jersey under newly introduced legislation.

On Friday, June 8th, Senate President Steve Sweeney announced two new bills that would help Governor Phil Murphy keep his campaign promise of legalizing marijuana in the state.

Under the new legislation, people 21 and over could possess, buy, use or transport an ounce or less of marijuana. The legislation also gives towns the right to create their own ordinances governing sales, with a 180-day window to bar sales.

The other bill introduced on Friday will expand the state's medical marijuana program, including allowing any health-care practitioner permitted to prescribe controlled substances to write prescriptions.

Murphy has been a strong advocate for legalized marijuana and has included $60 million worth of revenue into his fiscal year 2019 budget, under the assumption it will be legal.

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