Breathing Room in NJ: Attorney General Asks for a Breather in Prosecution of Cannabis Cases

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In a move that will help-along the bill that seeks to legalize adult-use cannabis, the New Jersey Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, announced that he is seeking an adjournment on all cannabis offenses until early September.
There is definitely a forward-momentum in the NJ legal system as they gear up for the consideration of the legalization bill proposed by Senator Nick Scutari (D-Union).
The adjournment comes with the explanation that the breather is for the sake of preparing “appropriate guidance” to assist prosecutors in how to handle cannabis cases moving forward.
While the letter issued by Attorney General Grewal announcing the adjournment does not state that there will be a pause on arrests for cannabis-related offenses, the Jersey City Prosecutor, Juke Hudnut, is optimistic that this adjournment is the appropriate next step in decriminalization. The combination of this announcement with the new bill coming up for consideration in September could potentially permanently end the prosecution of cannabis possession in New Jersey, a step that Hudnut had tried to make for his city on July 18th, however he did not have the proper authority to do so.
With the adjournment announced, New Jersey applicants can breathe a little easier knowing the winds of change are coming to their home state.
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