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NY, NJ officials hold public meetings on legal pot

November 19, 2018 - 2:11 pm

HOBOKEN, NJ (1010 WINS) -- Elected officials around the New York area are meeting this week to discuss the possibility that marijuana will soon be legalized.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has introduced an ordinance that would limit the mile-square to three dispensaries.

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Bhalla and the City Council will host a panel that will include police chief Ken Ferrante, and Amol Sinha of the ACLU. That meeting took place at the Hoboken Jubilee Center Monday night.

Marijuana has been decriminalized in Jersey City, but Union City has banned the plant even it is legalized.

Lawmakers in the Garden State say a committee vote could happen before the end of November.

Governor Phil Murphy campaigned on the issue, but the legislation has stalled as details like tax rates are being hashed out.

In New York, a meeting is being held in Buffalo, where the state assembly will look for input on proposals to legalize, regulate, and tax the product.

The non-public possession of small amounts of pot was decriminalized 41 years ago in New York.