New Jersey’s top law enforcement official has extended an order halting prosecutions for low-level marijuana offenses through the end of March, according to a memo from his office addressed to prosecutors across the state.

The move from Attorney General Gurbir Grewal comes as two bills — one to launch a legal marijuana industry in New Jersey and another to halt many arrests related to the drug — sit on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk unsigned.

 

“As we continue to await anticipated final action on the pending cannabis legalization and marijuana decriminalization legislation, I am instructing all New Jersey municipal, county, and state prosecutors to seek an additional adjournment, until at least March 31, 2021, of any juvenile or adult case involving any of the following charges, alone or in combination with each other, where there are no other pending charges,” according to the letter, dated Jan. 22 and obtained by NJ Advance Media.

 

Grewal issued a directive in November…

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