Feb. 22 — On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation allowing the use of recreational cannabis and restricting its sale. Murphy signed the bills passed earlier in the day by the legislature that allow marijuana to be sold to anyone 21 years of age or older for recreational use and reformed penalties for low-level marijuana offenses.
“This legislation will establish an industry that brings equity and economic opportunity to our communities while establishing minimum standards for safe products and allowing law enforcement to focus their resources on real public safety matters,” Murphy said in a statement.The State Cannabis Regulatory Commission will supervise applications for cannabis companies under the new legislation and direct them to encourage diversity and inclusion in company ownership.
The law also requires the legislature to reinvest proceeds from cannabis in designated “impact zones.”Another legislation signed on Monday offers a way to vacate some active sentences for drug crimes and prohibits the use of criminal low-level sale and possession offenses in pre-trial release, probation and parole decisions, as well as providing safeguards against discrimination in work, housing and public accommodation areas.Finally, for those younger than 21 years old, a bill will clarify penalties for possession and use of marijuana.