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New Jersey governor signs law decriminalizing marijuana use for those 21 years and older

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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This photo, provided by the New Jersey Governor???s Office, shows Gov. Phil Murphy as he 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, Monday, Feb,, 22, 2021, in Trenton, NJ. (Edwin J. Torres/ NJ Governor's Office, via AP).

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed bills to legalize and regulate marijuana use for those 21 and older, decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana and clarify marijuana and cannabis use and possession penalties for those younger than 21.

(CNN)New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed bills to legalize and regulate marijuana use for those 21 and older, decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana and clarify marijuana and cannabis use and possession penalties for those younger than 21.

Murphy's signature comes on the heels of a 2020 ballot measure that saw New Jersey vote to legalize recreational marijuana.

State lawmakers, unable to drum up enough support to pass a bill to fully legalize marijuana, agreed to place the question directly to voters: "Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called 'cannabis'?"

Several states have looked to loosen restrictions on marijuana, with New Jersey joining a growing cohort of states legalizing cannabis use.

Voters in all five states with marijuana legalization on the ballot in November approved the measures, CNN reported last year.

Like New Jersey, Arizona also voted to legalize recreational marijuana, and Montana voted to both establish 21 as the legal age to purchase, possess and consume cannabis by constitutional amendment and to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

South Dakota approved legalization for both recreational and medical use -- the first state ever to approve medical and recreational marijuana measures at the same time -- and Mississippi voted to legalize medical marijuana, becoming one of the first southern states to do so.

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