After long wait, New Jersey moves ahead on recreational pot

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This photo provided by the New Jersey Governor’s Office shows Gov. Phil Murphy as he signs into law legislation to set up a recreational marijuana marketplace, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Trenton, N.J. A recreational marijuana marketplace, cannabis decriminalization and looser penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcohol became law in New Jersey, more than three months after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to legalize adult use of the drug. (Edwin J. Torres/New Jersey Governor’s Office via AP)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law legislation to set up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalize cannabis and loosen penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcohol.

The move comes more than three months since voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to legalize adult use of the drug.

The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate passed the last-minute measure Monday to ease penalties on underage possession of both alcohol and marijuana as a way to secure Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature on legislation they had sent him in December.

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