New Jersey lawmakers to hold hearing on legalizing marijuana

 Marijuana for sale is kept in jars at the Colorado Harvest Company. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Marijuana for sale is kept in jars at the Colorado Harvest Company. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

New Jersey lawmakers say they will hold a hearing to consider legislation to legalize marijuana in the state.

Democratic state Sen. Nicholas Scutari said Monday the judiciary committee will hear from clergy, health professionals, law enforcement officials and other policy experts on Nov. 16.

Scutari has sponsored a bill to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in New Jersey for people over 21.

Scutari says there’s no question the state’s drug laws need to be updated.

Gov. Chris Christie, who is running for the Republican nomination for president, has said he would revive enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized it.

Medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey, but it is tightly restricted.

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