At our summer General Meeting the members present the NJLP voted to officially support Assembly Bill A4252. This bill decriminalizes the possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana. This bi-partisan bill was sponsored by Reed Gusciora (D) and Michael Carroll (R). As of this date 15 co-sponsors have signed onto the bill.

This bill is not perfect. The limit of 15 grams (approximately 1/2 ounce) is too low and "offenders" will still face $150 fine. It is a huge improvement to the current law. Offenders today face a criminal conviction with up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

The NJLP Board urges you to contact your State Assemblyperson and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor. Also contact your State Senate and urge them to Sponsor a companion bill in the Senate. The easiest method of contacting your state representatives is to use the state online tool.

A similar bill has been introduced at the federal level by former Libertarian Presidential nominee, Congressman Ron Paul and Congressman Barney Frank.