Jersey city first in the state of new Jersey began the decriminalization of marijuana

19 Jul second populous city of the state of new Jersey began a systematic decriminalization of marijuana. Now in Jersey city most of the actions associated with cannabis will not be considered as criminal offences.

For violation of law possession of marijuana municipal chief Prosecutor Jake Hadnt recommends a fine of up to $50 or 5 hours community service.

«Arrests for marijuana and prosecution in new Jersey and across the nation show significant disparities that are extremely negative effect on citizens with no white skin and turns into long-lasting financial hardship for all who are subject to prosecution for possession,» explained the mayor of Jersey city Steven Fulop.

Also, the mayor said he was proud of the fact that Jersey city first in the state abandoned the outdated policy.

In turn, the Governor of new Jersey Phil Murphy announced plans to double the staff the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, 6 to 12.

Along with the weakening of racial inequality, the positive side of decriminalization of cannabis is saving the city budget. Every year in new Jersey for marijuana possession gets more than 25 thousand arrests, which for 10 years the state spends more than $1 billion.

Also, the state government is studying the possibility of full legalization of marijuana for adults, said lead author of the law on decriminalization of the drug — Senator Nicholas skutari.