In neighboring New Jersey, top lawmakers announced early Tuesday that they have reached a deal on legalization after months of talks and negotiations. The details are expected to be released in the coming days, according to media reports. Gov. Phil Murphy said a vote will be held on March 25 for both houses to approve the bill, paving the way for him to sign it into law.
“Legalizing adult-use marijuana is a monumental step to reducing disparities in our criminal justice system,” Murphy said in a statement.
The deal is expected to include a $42 tax on each ounce of cannabis grown, to be paid be growers, according to local news provider NJ Advance Media. Towns with dispensaries will be allowed to impose a 3% tax on products.