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Pot Decriminalization Bill Moves Forward [Poll]

Bill would make 15 grams or less of marijuana a civil fine.

A bill introduced by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) in May that calls for the decriminalization of the possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana passed though the state assembly on Monday.

The bill takes possession of marijuana, 15 grams or less, from a criminal offense to an offense carrying a civil fine. The bill states that there would be a $150 fine for a first violation, a $200 fine for a second violation, and a $500 fine for a third or subsequent violation, except in cases of "extreme financial hardship."

Bill A-1465 also states that "a person who possesses drug paraphernalia for the personal use of 15 grams or less of marijuana would not be guilty of a criminal violation but instead would be subject to a $100 civil penalty."

A separate bill, introduced to the Senate by Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Middlesex, Somerset, Union) just days after the assembly bill in May, calls for the decriminilization of the possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana. No amendments or floor discussions have been publicized for that bill yet.

Patriot July 02, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Deric Raymond The mere fact that you have to resort to profanity says a lot about you. Are you in touch with reality? Do you know what is going on in our country? Or should I say my country? You are probably one of those Agenda 21 disciples that want to bankrupt not only New Jersey, but also the USA. A member of the entitlement society that does not take responsibility for themselves. A mole here to foment trouble perhaps? You probably love solar and wind power, and GREEN and SUSTAINABLE Programs. Open space, wildlife, historic preservation, carbon footsteps, cap & trade, etc. The argument for these all sound so warm and fuzzy and caring, but they are used as a foil to bankrupt and destroy are republic. Your attention is on a red herring......or is it that you want to direct others to focus on banality?
Ricky July 02, 2012 at 07:16 AM
< thinking that cannabis causes violence and anger> pot is a substance that disrupts normal brain chemistry, it is a mood changer and that can lead to anger problems, and anger problems in some individuals can lead to more serious issues, and yes many substances disrupt brain chemistry that are legal so why officially relax the law against using pot, we have enough substances that we don't need this as another 'chemical crutch'
Ricky July 02, 2012 at 07:21 AM
< Decriminalizing marijuana will do nothing but good for the state> Why can't anyone live their life without a chemical crutch? And that includes nicotine, alcohol, other illegal drugs, I will not mind my own business as long as I share the road with you, pay higher insurance premiums due to the illnesses that develop from substances such as nicotine, alcohol, drugs and that includes weed.
Face Eater July 02, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Hookerman, how about the guy in Miami that ate the homeless man's face? Only pot was found in the toxicology report. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/rudy-eugene-face-marijuana-medical-examiner-results_n_1632253.html
Emily Everson July 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
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