Recently, Jersey City became the first city in NJ to decriminalize marijuana. Instead of having users arrested, their punishment is much less severe -- basically reflects infractions similar to receiving a traffic ticket.

However, those in a legal authority position have come out and said that the city does not have the power to enact this type of rule all on their own and because there is still a state law making marijuana illegal, certain cases still can receive the most severe punishment at the discretion of officer or prosecutor depending on the details.

The goal, of course, is to get marijuana legalized overall so that those caught with small amounts are not arrested and those trafficking and selling would halt their businesses once the substance becomes a legally sold product.

But, do you think Jersey City is taking a step in the right direction? If it is slowly becoming more and more accepted, why should we keep punishing people with the most severe punishment possible?

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