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On Election Day, more than two thirds of voters in the state approved a constitutional amendment that legalized cannabis for adults 21 and over in the state.
However, Public Question No. 1 did not establish key rules like possession limits, and did not specify who would be allowed to cultivate and sell commercial cannabis in stores—or how citizens were supposed to access cannabis, at all.
On Monday, so-called “enabling legislation” to do all that passed a state Senate committee.
A state ballot question that authorized recreational use of marijuana in the Garden State on November 3
generated a total of $2.3 million in fund-raising, according to post-election reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
New Jersey residents voted to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana earlier this month. But until state legislators work out the details of the Garden State’s new industry, possession of marijuana remains illegal.
Nearly three weeks after Ballot Question No. 1 was passed, there are still dozens of people who have been arrested for possessing cannabis – victims of laws that are still on the books while lawmakers debate the new rules.
New Jersey voters resoundingly approved a ballot proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the Garden State.
Top elected officials and cannabis industry leaders say they are so confident that voters will approve a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, they’ve devoted their energy in the last week toward readying the legislation that will spell out how the legal market will operate.
Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, the prime sponsor, said he’s aiming toward introducing the bill on Thursday, with the possibility of a public hearing on Monday. He said the bill is largely the same as the one he introduced in 2019 but did not garner enough votes to pass in the Senate.
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In New Jersey, state lawmakers, unable to drum up enough support to pass a bill to fully legalize marijuana agreed to place the question directly to voters: "Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called 'cannabis'?"
Public Question No. 1 would amend the state constitution to legalize cannabis for personal, non-medical use by adults 21 and older. If the measure passes, the state commission that oversees the medical market would also regulate the personal market.
Public question No. 1 on the general election ballot would amend the New Jersey State Constitution to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults 21 years or older. If it passes, the state would oversee a cannabis industry in which adults could purchase legal weed at specifically licensed dispensaries.
Marijuana purchases would be taxed at the state sales tax rate, currently 6.625%, and likely with an additional 2% tax levied by municipalities where the purchase occurs.
The first of three public questions that appear on this year’s ballot asks voters if they want New Jersey to join the ranks of nearly a dozen states where it’s legal for adults to use marijuana recreationally.
State Sen. Nicholas Scutari is author of the adult-use, recreational marijuana legalization bill that never made it to the Senate for a full vote. You know by now New Jersey cannabis legalization is Public Question 1 (on the other side of the ballot if you haven’t voted yet).
If the ballot question passes — which seems likely considering most New Jersey voters support legalization according to several polls — Scutari’s bill will be used as a framework to draft enabling legislation.