The New Jersey General Assembly this evening voted44-30 in favor of Assembly Bill 1465, which removes criminal penalties for the possession of approximately one-half ounce of marijuana. Members of the state Assembly Judiciary Committee had previouslyapproved the measure by a unanimous vote.Presently, the possession of this amount of marijuana carries a penalty of up to a $1000 fine and six months in jail. A conviction also results in a criminal record that cannot be expunged for at least five years.

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New Jersey General Assembly Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Measure | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform