NJ Treats Cannabis Like Cigarettes
New Jersey may become the first state to regulate marijuana like cigarettes. Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll proposed legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana. Similar to tobacco, anyone 19 or older would be able to purchase marijuana recreationally. Additionally, New Jersey residents might even be able to get their pot at a local 7-Eleven. If passed, NJ would have one of the most liberal marijuana laws in the United States. Currently, NJ only has medical marijuana legislation in place. Those with qualifying debilitating conditions can legally obtain medical marijuana.
Last week, state Assemblyman Carroll proposed the Assembly No. 4193 law. The legislation would introduce a recreational cannabis market. Moreover, the market would operate with the same restrictions imposed on tobacco smokers. The lawmaker hopes to see a legal weed in supermarkets and convenience stores.
“To me, it’s already ubiquitous. Anybody who thinks this is somehow going to increase the availability of marijuana has never been 19,” Carroll told Politico. “If that’s the case, then what’s a big deal about having it available at the local 7-Eleven?”
Most noteworthy, the proposed law would make NJ the first state to grant 19-year-olds access to recreational marijuana.
Additionally, the law would also expunge the records of all people with previous marijuana offenses.
“This bill would legalize marijuana by removing all criminal liability associated with marijuana from the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, Title 2C of the New Jersey statutes, as well as its regulation as a controlled dangerous substance under the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act,” reads the bill’s text.
Also, Assemblyman Carroll has proposed legislation to decrease the drinking age. He is truly a champion young adult rights.
“If you’re old enough to make the determination you want to enlist in the Marines, you’re old enough to determine if you want to have a beer,” says Carroll.
The Final Hit
Current NJ Governor Chris Christie, who opposes the legalization of marijuana, only has one year left in office. Even so, advocates hope to get the ball rolling on legalization.
“Even with this governor and even if he vetoes it, the choice then could be made to put it on the ballot through the legislature or set the groundwork for the next administration,” said NJ Assemblyman Reed Gusciora. “It’s only a matter of time,” he added.