Two Assembly bills – A1897 and A4269 – were merged into a new bill (click here to see it) that was advanced by the Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee. Democrats voted for the bill, while the Republicans voted to abstain after receiving the 18-page bill around 45 minutes before the meeting.
Under the committee substitute, money from the marijuana fines would go to the municipality where the violation occurred. Rev. Charles Boyer of Salvation and Social Justice said it would be best if it went to the state.
“Because what that does is give municipalities an incentive to even enforce the fines, which can be very, very problematic,” said Boyer, who said police in North Brunswick engage in ‘border hunting’ to enforce marijuana laws along the township’s border with New Brunswick.