Legislation to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Advances in New JerseyLast Edited:
New Jersey legislators have advanced a measure to legalize recreational cannabis.
On Monday, November 26th, a joint Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committee voted to send the legislation for a floor vote after more than four hours of debate.
The legislation legalizes an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and over, sets up a five-person Cannabis Commission, and taxes cannabis at 12 percent.
That includes the current state sales tax.
The draft also allows officials from towns and cities to apply for up to a 2-percent tax on cannabis, and calls for expediting expungements for people with marijuana-related criminal backgrounds.
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