Bill To Legalize Recreational Weed Introduced In New Jersey

Recreational Marijuana Could Be Coming To The Garden State

A New Jersey lawmaker introduced a bill Monday to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, according to multiple sources.

New Jersey already has a small medical marijuana program in place, but state Sen. Nicholas Scutari's proposal would dramatically open up the law to allow people to carry up to an ounce of weed and and grow up to six plants.

“Anybody that looks at the facts, knows that the war on marijuana has been a miserable failure," the Democratic lawmaker, who is also a municipal prosecutor, said in a press release, according to Pix 11.

Scutari said legalizing pot would cut down on crime, free up resources for law enforcement to use elsewhere and raise much-needed money through taxes that the state could use to fix its roads and bridges, the Courier Post reports. Individual towns would have the freedom to ban weed or to levy additional local taxes on the drug, Scutari added, according to the local outlet.

The lawmaker, who heads the state's Senate Judiciary Committee, told the Wall Street Journal in January that he was modeling the legislation on Colorado's law.

However, the measure will have a tough time becoming law, as Gov. Chris Christie has said numerous times that he is opposed to legalizing the drug -- except for people with chronic illnesses -- because it sends "the wrong message" to kids.

Before You Go

Strains of Kaboom and Blue Mystic!
Nothern Lights Natural Rx
The two strains (the latter of which is pictured here) are among those most popular at Northern Lights Natural Rx, says co-owner Eva Woolhiser. But when it comes to edibles, she said customers will go for "anything."
The Ominously-Named 'Death Star' Strain!
Dank Colorado
Owner Justin Jones of Dank Colorado: "Our Death Star [strain] has been really popular."
And Blue Daddy and Mr. Pink Too!
Sean Barbas
"Our in house strains like Blue Daddy and Mr. Pink (pictured here) have been really popular,” Mile High Medical Cannabis store manager Sean Barbas said. "It’s been nuts”
'Euphoric' Cannabis Concentrate!
At The Health Center, owner Tiffany Goldman said a product called Shatter was the top choice among recreational customers before it sold out. Officially known as a cannabis concentrate, it's a form of hash and "according to most people it's more euphoric.
Blue Kudu Chocolate!
The edible has been especially popular at Kine Mine, but customers shouldn't get in over their heads. "We’ve been warning people about the potency," CEO and founder Theran Snyder said.
Pop Rocks Candy Bars!
"Edibles have been flying off the shelves," Denver Kush owner Darin Smith said. "We’ve found particular success with the Incredibles Fireworks bar. It’s got chocolate mixed with pop rocks and the packaging is just great."
Weed Flowers!
Tim Cullen
“Cannabis flowers have been flying out the door," Evergreen Apothecary co-owner Tim Cullen said. "People have been waiting two hours for just two minutes in the store and couldn’t be happier for it.”
Weed Sodas!
THC-infused sodas are displayed for sale in a cooler at The Clinic, a Denver-based marijuana dispensary with several outlets.
Something Called a TKO Bar, Whatever That Is!
Hank Borunda
"The TKO bar is most popular amongst patients," The Greener Side Owner Hank Borunda wrote in an email to HuffPost.
Here's What A Weed Menu Looks LIke!
A recreational marijuana menu and price list sits on a counter at 3D Cannabis Center.
And Some Normal Bagged Weed!
Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Packages of marijuana labeled for recreational use are spread out on a counter at Northern Lights Cannabis Co in Edgewater, Colorado on January 1, 2014.
And Of Course, Just Plain, Old Weed Cigarettes!
Different strains of marijuana are displayed for sale at The Clinic in Denver.

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