New Jersey Legislature
State Sen. Nicholas Scutari has introduced a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana use in New Jersey.
The first steps to legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey took place Thursday in the Legislature with the posting of a bill by state Sen. Nicholas Scutari.
The bill treats marijuana like cigarettes and alcohol, and references use of marijuana in comparison to the way consumption of alcohol is treated in the state.
It would be illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase marijuana, and illegal to purchase it for someone under 21. It would, like cigarettes, not be permitted in public spaces.
Interestingly, the bill leaves operation of a vehicle undefined. The bill asks for research on the topic to determine a limit for marijuana use similar to the blood-alcohol level used for drinking and driving.
Also interesting are the business rules.
The outline of the business and industry operations for the state focus on greater inclusion of minority- and female-owned shops, and ensuring that individuals with prior convictions aren’t prevented from working in the industry.