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Jersey City Implements Lax Marijuana Policy

July 19, 2018 - 1:33 pm
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Jersey City is decriminalizing marijuana, becoming the first city in New Jersey to do so.

Starting Thursday, Jersey City is implementing a new and more lax policy when it comes to pot, downgrading most marijuana charges to non-criminal offenses.

According to the Jersey Journal, prosecutors will seek to dismiss low-level charges and also recommend diverting defendants with criminal pasts and signs of addition to community court.

But arrests will still be made under some circumstances.

"You know if somebody's a public nuisance or in a way being disorderly I think the police will interact with the person the way they would," Jersey City Mayor Fulop said. "They can still make the arrest and then the prosecutor will deal with it accordingly."

Fulop said the change is about fairness.

"The goal is not to have a record that follows somebody for the rest of their life based on something that will likely become legal in New Jersey," Fulop said.

He expects there will be fewer prosecutions and said fewer criminal cases will save the city money.