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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Marijuana Legalization Update

On December 17, both Houses of the State Legislature gave final approval to two bills related to the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana, following the approval of the ballot question in November. Governor Murphy has until February 8 to act on A21, which deals with legalization and, A1897, which deals with decriminalization of marijuana.

Since the passage of the bills, the Governor has raised a concern regarding how to deal with the penalties for those under age 21. An earlier compromise clean-up bill was pulled after significant opposition arose and the Governor has threatened a conditional veto on the bills, which was expected as soon as this week. Another compromise appears to be developing and the Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee will be considering legislation (A-5342) at 2:30 p.m. hearing today (Friday) to address the issue. As this is being written, the bill text for A-5342 is not yet available. The League will monitor developments and analyze the new legislation as soon as it is available. We will report back to you more fully early next week.

Contact: Mike Cerra, Executive Director,, 609-695-3481 x120.

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