Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and state Sen. Nicholas Scutari announced the new bills Friday.READ MORE: Crews Searching For Monkey After Vehicle Crashed On Pennsylvania Highway
The legislation comes as Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy pushes for legalizing recreational pot as part of a campaign promise. His fiscal year 2019 budget assumes marijuana will be legalized and banks on $60 million in revenues.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Blast Of Frigid Air Makes Parts Of Region Colder Than Alaska
Under the legislation, people 21 and over could possess, buy, use or transport an ounce or less of marijuana. Towns retain the right to create their own ordinances governing sales, with a 180-day window to bar sales.
Another bill expands the state’s medical marijuana program, including allowing any health care practitioner permitted to prescribe controlled substances to write prescriptions.MORE NEWS: Bucks County DJ Service Raises Money To Buy Smoke Detectors For Local Families
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