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Bill to legalize marijuana coming to New Jersey

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D, Union) hopes New Jersey will become the third state to legalize marijuana.

marijuana A New Jersey legislator plans to introduce legislation to legalize pot in the state.
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A New Jersey legislator plans to introduce legislation Monday that would legalize in marijuana in the state.

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D—Union) hopes New Jersey will become the third state to legalize marijuana. He will hold a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton on Monday afternoon to introduce his plan for legal marijuana, NJ.com reported.

Scutari, who sponsored the state's successful medicinal marijuana law, had announced in January that he planned to introduce a bill that would aim to make New Jersey the third state, after Washington and Colorado, to legalize pot. Colorado reportedly netted $2 million in revenue from legal marijuana in January, the first month the drug's sales were permitted at retail stores there.

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Scutari, a municipal prosecutor, says revenue is just one reason to support legalization.

"We’re not delusional about how simple the effort would be," Scutari said. "But I think from a standpoint of moving this state and this country forward on its archaic drug laws, I think it’s a step in the right direction."

 
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