N.J. Assembly to Vote to Reduce Marijuana Penalties

The state Assembly today (6/25/12) plans to vote on a bill that would reduce penalties for being caught with less than half an ounce of marijuana, making it akin to getting a traffic ticket.

Gov. Chris Christie, however, said on Friday he would veto the bill.

The measure (A1465), which has bipartisan support, would replace criminal penalties with fines for those caught with fewer than 15 grams of marijuana — or enough for more than 30 joints.

Currently, those caught with small amounts of marijuana face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, in addition to a possible driver’s license suspension and hundreds of dollars in court fees.

Under the proposed legislation, a first offense would draw a $150 fine, a second offense a $200 fine, and a third $500. In addition, violators under 21 caught with marijuana or adults busted three times would have to attend a drug education program. Those caught with paraphernalia would face a $100 fine.

Although a bill to decriminalize marijuana was introduced last month in the state Senate, it has not advanced.

Are you from New Jersey? How do you feel about this, tell us in a comment below!

  1. It’s crazy how these I’ll say (white political) people make it benifite them selfves/ How do u legalize marijuana whether it be for medical or just to smoke/ And still want to charge a person for it that don’t make since/ Chris ain’t nothing he just see money in something loved naturally but feel shouldnt be enjoyed so freely /So when he ain’t governor he can smoke free


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