(Editor’s note: This is the first part in “The United States of Weed,” a series on the movement to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New Jersey, and the potential impact it could have on Staten Island.)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Ready or not, the Garden State is set to become the grass state.
Experts predict marijuana could be available in New Jersey stores within a year following recently elected Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign promise to legalize it for recreational use.
The move would make New Jersey the 10th state to legalize weed for recreational use (it also is legal in Washington, D.C.).
And with three of Staten Island’s four bridges connected to the Garden State, the impact on law enforcement, crime, the economy and public health should be felt here as well.
WHERE IT STANDS IN NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK
Two bills are on the table in New Jersey.
The first was introduced in May in the state Senate, while the other is planned for a formal unveiling this month in the state Assembly, according to an NJ.com report.
Both would allow for possession and personal use of marijuana for anyone at