Recreational marijuana would be legal in NJ under new bill

Posted: Updated:
TRENTON -

Marijuana could be grown, sold and used in New Jersey under new legislation introduced in the state Senate.

Democratic Sen. Nicholas Scutari unveiled the proposal at a State House news conference on Monday.

The bill has little chance of being enacted under Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who opposes legalization efforts. But Scutari says he's introducing the measure now as a way to lay the groundwork for it to be enacted by the next governor.

Scutari says that studies have shown that marijuana usage does not cause addiction or encourage other drug use.

“Opioid usage is given out each and every day by doctors and dentists, to young people and old people alike,” Scutari said. “To try to make this failed linkage between marijuana usage and heroin usage absolutely holds no water.”

The legislation would permit possession of up to an ounce of marijuana but would prohibit home cultivation.

Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Phil Murphy has said he would support legalization and decriminalization efforts. The GOP front-runner, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, said last week that Republican U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions likely wouldn't accept expansion of legalization.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Pressure mounts to remove Confederate monuments around the US

    Pressure mounts to remove Confederate monuments around the US

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:44 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:44:32 GMT
    This monument to Confederate soldiers stands in the Pennsville cemetery.This monument to Confederate soldiers stands in the Pennsville cemetery.

    Pressure is building to remove Confederate monuments around the United States in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Pressure is building to remove Confederate monuments around the United States in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Trump decries monument removals, ‘history ripped apart’

    Trump decries monument removals, ‘history ripped apart’

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:59 AM EDT2017-08-17 13:59:19 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:03 PM EDT2017-08-17 22:03:59 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) In this Aug. 15, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) In this Aug. 15, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.

    President Donald Trump says it's "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart" with the removal of Confederate statues and monuments around the country.

    President Donald Trump says it's "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart" with the removal of Confederate statues and monuments around the country.

  • President Trump disbands business advisory councils

    President Trump disbands business advisory councils

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 4:03 PM EDT2017-08-16 20:03:52 GMT
    President Donald Trump walks out of the elevator to speak in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York.President Donald Trump walks out of the elevator to speak in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York.

    With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he is ending a pair of advisory business councils in the latest fallout over his remarks about the Charlottesville protests.

    With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he is ending a pair of advisory business councils in the latest fallout over his remarks about the Charlottesville protests.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."