N.J. lawmakers OK bills to create legal marijuana industry and approve bill to stop weed arrests

New Jersey legislators approved three bills Thursday that radically change how the state approaches drug use involving marijuana. The state’s Senate and Assembly voted first to create a new and legal marijuana industry from scratch and called for new regulations to be written within six months. Both houses also approved a bill that decriminalizes possession of up to 6 ounces of cannabis. That second bill is designed to stop arrests and expunge criminal records of low-level marijuana offenses. The third bill, meanwhile, will reduce penalties for possessing psilocybin, also known as magic mushro…

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