N.J. moves a big step closer to legalizing marijuana

Separate pieces of legislation would expunge convictions for minor marijuana convictions
The Philadelphia Inquirer (US)
Monday, November 26, 2018

A bill to legalize recreational marijuana was voted out of a joint committee in the New Jersey legislature marking a giant step towards making the cannabis plant and its products available for legal adult use. Senate Bill 2703 would legalize the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and older. It also would create a state system to oversee the operations of a new potentially multibillion-dollar industry. Moments after the bill cleared, Sen. Nick Scutari (D., Union) said he was "very optimistic" the legalization bill would pass but said he just "couldn't say" when.  "We moved it along quite well today, but a lot depends on the governor to help out," he said.