New Jersey lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would decriminalize possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana.
The proposal calls for fines of $100 to $500 for marijuana possession. Possession of drug paraphernalia would result in a $100 fine.
Violators who are underage or have multiple convictions would be referred for drug counseling.
The Assembly Judiciary Committee is slated to hold a hearing on Monday.
The proposal is co-sponsored by 15 Democrats and three Republicans.
Gov. Chris Christie has proposed mandatory treatment for nonviolent drug offenders rather than jail, and has appropriated $2.5 million to get the program started.
Democrats prefer a limited pilot program to see if mandatory treatment really works.