420 with CNW – New Jersey Lawmakers Approve 2020 Marijuana Legalization Referendum

420 with CNW – New Jersey Lawmakers Approve 2020 Marijuana Legalization Referendum

On Monday, the majority of New Jersey lawmakers approved the 2020 ballot question seeking to legalize recreational marijuana, meaning that the voters are the ones to decide on marijuana legalization during the 2020 elections. The ballot question was passed by 49-24 votes in the Democrat-led Assembly, while in the Senate, the measure was approved by 24-16 votes. Although Governor Phil Murphy is in favor of marijuana legalization, it is not a must for the proposal to go before him. The approved question asks the voters if they approve the consumption and possession of adult-use marijuana by people above the age of 21. It also states that marijuana products would be subjected to a state sales tax of 6.625% and the towns could choose to pass ordinances to impose local taxes. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said that the time has come for America to end prohibition for recreational cannabis. Once the voters approve the marijuana reform during the 2020 elections, New Jersey will become the 11th state to legalize recreational pot along with the District of Columbia. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. After Governor Murphy and the legislative leaders failed to advance the marijuana legalization…

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