Marijuana could be grown, sold and used in New Jersey under new legislation introduced in the state Senate. Democratic state Sen. Nicholas Scutari, the bill’s sponsor, said that the measure has little chance of being enacted under Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who opposes legalization efforts.
However, Scutari said he’s introducing the measure now as a way to lay the groundwork for it to be enacted by the next governor. New Jersey has legalized medical marijuana but Christie, who is leading a White House commission examining the opioid crisis in the country for Republican President Donald Trump, has been a vocal opponent of relaxing marijuana laws. The legislation would permit possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana-infused products in solids, 72 ounces in liquid form and 7 grams of concentrate. It would prohibit home cultivation.