Recreational Marijuana Is Now Officially Legal In New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy signed bills into law on Monday, including possession of up to six ounces by adults. CBS2's Maurice Dubois reports.

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- Recreational use of marijuana for adults in New Jersey officially became legal today, along with possession of up to six ounces. Governor Murphy signed three bills in a move he says was long overdue.

PHIL MURPHY: New Jersey's broken and indefensible marijuana laws, which permanently stained the records of many residents and short-circuited their futures, and which disproportionately hurt communities of color, and failed the meaning of justice at every level, social or otherwise, are no more.

- This all now means criminal records for most marijuana offenses will be wiped clean. Underage use of marijuana will now be treated the same as underage drinking, with repeat offenders referred to substance abuse counseling. However, it could take up to a year before recreational marijuana is actually sold at state licensed dispensaries.