|Gov. Christie has threatened to veto the Jersey weed decriminalization bill.|
This has been one hell of a week for marijuana in the Tri-State reefer scene.
After Governor Cuomo attempted to pass a bill that would have decriminalized
the "public view" loophole of pot policy, Senate Republicans banded together to scalp
the proposal before reaching a vote. Once the bill was dead, Cuomo called
out the Senate Republican blockers for their "extreme conservative policy" and warned them that they'd face electoral consequences for the buzz-kill opposition. Now that the legislative deadline past last Thursday, it seems as if New York State and its voters will have to wait until January for any future attempts to smoke their weed in a much calmer (and legal) environment.
we found out that New Jersey, our neighbor to the west, and its state government were weighing
a decriminalization bill akin to the one that died in Albany. It would make possession of a half ounce or less a summary violation - a major downgrade from the current situation, where possession lands you a $1,000 fine and possible jail time. The bill
runs parallel to Jersey voters' 58% approval rating of quasi-legalizing the cannabis and a vote is being pushed for this Monday to test this civilian-government relationship.
But, it turns out that Cuomo's "extreme" Republican accusation stretches into Jersey territory. And it includes his colleague, Governor Chris Christie.More »