Editor’s Note: After this article was published, Sens. Linda Greenstein and Dawn Addiego told the New Jersey Globe they were supporting and leaning towards supporting decriminalization, respectively. Greenstein was a soft no on legalization in March. Addiego was simply a no.
Senate Democrats fell five votes short of the 21 needed to pass a marijuana legalization bill in March, but it doesn’t look like they’ll have similar problems with decriminalization.
Five senators who opposed legalization have indicated support for decriminalization.
Sens. Declan O’Scanlon, Bob Singer, Ronald Rice and former Gov. Dick Codey are backing the measure, which is expected to see legislative action sometime this month, and Sen. Paul Sarlo is leaning towards a yes vote on the same.
O’Scanlon and Singer both said their support was contingent on possession limits that would not provide safe haven drug dealers.
“It’s got to be some reasonable amount. I don’t know what that amount is, but it can’t be five pounds … When they said five pounds, that’s a wheelbarrow,” Singer said. “So, as long as it’s no crazy amount like that, the answer is absolutely. I’m for decriminalization.”