New Jersey tweaks marijuana bill to relax penalty for magic mushrooms

There’s no need to trip out over small amounts of magic mushrooms, New Jersey lawmakers say.

The state Legislature tweaked a marijuana decriminalization bill Thursday to soften the punishment for possession of the psychedelic drug, according to reports.

A key Senate committee amended the bill, S. 2535, to downgrade penalties for possessing up to an ounce of psilocybin — the hallucinogenic compound found in shrooms — from a third-degree felony to a disorderly persons offense, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the legislation, including the mushroom amendment, which was added by an unidentified senator.

“I’m really proud that this bill is unique in of its kind,” Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), who sponsored the legislation, told nj.com. “New Jersey will be at the forefront of the decriminalization conversations.”

Although the Garden State legalized recreational weed via a ballot measure Nov. 3,…

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