New Jersey's attorney general announced that all marijuana cases in municipal courts around the states would be immediately adjourned until September at least, reported.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal wrote that his office is developing "appropriate guidance" for prosecutors, but did not say if arrests for marijuana possession would continue or not, the report said.

A bill in the New Jersey Senate that would legalize adult use of marijuana is expected to reach the Senate for consideration by September, NJ reported.

If the Senate passes the bill, the two actions could end prosecution of marijuana possession in New Jersey permanently, NJ reported.

Nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized marijuana altogether, and more than 50 localities in a dozen states have fully or partially decriminalized minor cannabis possession offenses, according to the Washington, D.C., nonprofit .

In June, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy for federal legislation that would prevent the federal government from enforcing anti-marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug. He has been pushing for legalization in his state to happen by the end of the year.

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