Jersey City is kicking off a new policy to decriminalize marijuana on Thursday that will downgrade most marijuana charges to non-criminal offenses.

Prosecutors will also work to dismiss low-level marijuana charges and recommend diverting defendants with criminal pasts and signs of addiction to community court.

The city says the new policy will increase racial justice and comes as Governor Phil Murphy plans to double the number of medical-marijuana dispensaries across the state of New Jersey from six to 12.

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