NJ Lawmakers to Weigh Legislation Legalizing Marijuana - NBC New York

NJ Lawmakers to Weigh Legislation Legalizing Marijuana

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    NJ Legislature Advances Measure to Legalize Marijuana

    New Jersey legislators have advanced a measure to legalize marijuana. Brian Thompson reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018)

    What to Know

    • New Jersey lawmakers are reviewing legislation proposed to legalize recreational marijuana for people 21 and over

    • A joint Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committee is due to discuss the package of measures Monday

    • Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy supports legalization, but his office didn't respond to the new legislation last Wednesday

    New Jersey lawmakers have begun considering legislation to legalize recreational cannabis.

    A joint Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committee on Monday began discussing the package of measures before a standing-room-only crowd.

    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 6.625 percent sales tax. The draft also allows towns and cities to apply for up to a 2 percent tax on cannabis.

    Lawmakers dropped an earlier proposal to phase in a higher rate over five years from 7 percent to 25 percent.

    The legislation also calls for expediting expungements for people with marijuana-related criminal backgrounds.

    Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy supports legalization. His office didn't respond when the new legislation was unveiled Wednesday.

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