New Jersey Voters Will See Marijuana Legalization on November 2020 Ballot

New Jersey Voters Will See Marijuana Legalization on November 2020 Ballot

New Jersey lawmakers voted on Monday to put a marijuana legalization referendum on the 2020 ballot, leaving the decision to voters after failing to pass a recreational cannabis measure earlier this year. With a vote of 49 to 24 in the New Jersey Assembly and 24 to 16 in the state Senate, the question of legalizing cannabis for adult use will be decided by next year’s general election in November. The proposal does not need the approval of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned for office promising to legalize recreational marijuana. “The time to end the prohibition of adult-use cannabis is now,” said Democratic Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. “Putting the issue to a referendum is both sensible and equitable,” Coughlin said in a statement. “While not our preferred method of legislating, public questions allow voters to affirm or deny massive shifts in public policy.” The ballot question will ask voters if they approve of a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older. The state sales tax rate of 6.6225% would apply to sales of recreational marijuana and local jurisdictions would have the authority to pass ordinances to levy additional taxes. The state commission created to regulate…

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