Marijuana: Why the drug became illegal, and the future of legalization | USA TODAY 1

Marijuana: Why the drug became illegal, and the future of legalization | USA TODAY


Here’s what you need to know about the future of marijuana legalization in the United States, from its racist beginnings to today.

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey legislators have passed landmark bills which, if signed into law, will allow New Jerseyans to possess, buy and sell — with taxes levied — marijuana for adult use next year.

After weeks of negotiations and years of debate, the state Legislature is voting on two pieces of "enabling" legislation designed to turn New Jersey voters' wishes to legalize marijuana into reality.

Marijuana users would be allowed to possess up to 6 ounces of weed without penalty under a decriminalization bill, while the other sets up the framework of a license and tax structure for the purchase and sale of legal weed.

The tax and licensure bill passed the Senate by a 23 to 17 vote and the Assembly by a 49 to 24 vote with six abstentions. It now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk to become law.

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  1. George is free now because 2 New elected senators made are going to make changes for us !! that means people will be free from jail they will be released soon and marijuana will be legal now in Georgia and legalized smoke weed every day oh And I’m going to get my stimulus money that’s everybody today was a good day and also a bad day because we had a bunch of hoodlums out their terrorist

  2. I work at a medical dispensary in Florida. I see patients of mine heal from their nasty opioid addictions in a matter of months. It is a the cure to the opioid addiction epidemic imo … just legalize it already

  3. Hello,
    In the face of the dramatic and shameful events of today, America must immediately end the office of D. Trump, who is entirely responsible for it.
    In a Democracy, one must accept the result of the elections. Let us be reasonable, intelligent and courageous enough to certify this verdict of the people, even if this verdict only obtained one more ballot. this is the rule of universal suffrage.

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