Having a pound of marijuana wouldn’t get you arrested in NJ under new bill

Almost all arrests for possession of marijuana would be eliminated in New Jersey if a new bill is adopted by the state Legislature.The bill would not legalize marijuana — that decision is being left to the voters on Nov. 3. But the new legislation seeks to reduce cannabis users’ encounters with police.“New Jersey is ready to vote yes on recreational marijuana,” said the bill’s sponsor, Democratic state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz of Essex said. “But until we get that up and running, we shouldn’t have laws in place that create obstacles for people, particularly for communities of color. This is importa…

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