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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Murphy declines comment on marijuana home-grow

Bills signed Monday don’t allow it, but Scutari has said it’ll likely be legal eventually

By Nikita Biryukov, February 22 2021 2:29 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy declined to comment on the possibility of allowing residents to grow their own marijuana after signing three bills legalizing, decriminalizing and establishing youth penalties for marijuana Monday.

“Cannabis from home or any other, we’re going to go with the bills I just signed,” he said. “We’ll leave it at that. I appreciate the folks who have reached out on that front, but we’re going to go with what we got.”

Other states that allow recreational marijuana use also allow residents to grow their own, though some only allow medicinal users to do so.

The question of home grow emerged at numerous points during the state’s bid to legalize marijuana but was ultimately left out of the bills Murphy signed Monday.

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden), the chamber’s chief legalization advocate, in November said such provisions were excluded from the legalization and decriminalization bills because home-grow limits — the number of marijuana plants allowed per household — were unenforceable.

He also worried home grow would enable black market sales in New Jersey and neighboring states, though he added it would likely be made legal in the future.

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