New Jersey Lawmakers Want To Put Marijuana On The Ballot Again, To Steer Revenue To People Hurt By Drug War

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Voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly approved a marijuana legalization referendum last month, and top lawmakers are already proposing putting cannabis back on the ballot for another vote—but not to undo the reform. Rather, the Senate president and other legislators are pushing a new constitutional amendment to make sure that cannabis tax revenue is steered toward communities harmed by prohibition enforcement. Meanwhile, in a separate move, lawmakers are stripping a controversial psychedelic mushroom provision out of a bill to decriminalize marijuana in order to ease the path for its passage. On Tuesday, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) and three other Democratic senators unveiled a measure that would funnel most revenue from the state’s adult-use cannabis industry to what the lawmakers refer to as “impact zones,” including Black and Brown communities impacted disproportionately by war on drugs. If approved by the legislature, the proposed constitutional amendment could go before state voters next November. The legislators said their proposal came in response to pushback from equity advocates during legislative hearings last month on a bill to establish a regulatory framework for legal marijuana. More than two-thirds of voters approved the legalization ballot measure in last month’s election, but lawmakers must first pass enabling legislation to get the market up and running. That bill will determine the flow of millions of dollars in state revenue in addition to the rules for growing, processing and selling commercial cannabis. “Based on the testimony we heard in the legislature, it is clear that we need to do more to ensure that revenues from the legalization of adult-use cannabis are used primarily to remedy the devastating and disproportionate impact of the ‘War on Drugs’ on predominantly Black and Brown communities in our state,” Sweeney and Democratic Sens. Sandra Cunningham, Nick Scutari and M. Teresa Ruiz said in a…

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