The New Jersey Globe experiences….Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and two of the chamber’s high marijuana advocates got here out in opposition to further taxes on leisure marijuana Monday.
“We should not touch the voter-approved tax schedule. We should not impose any additional taxes that will put the cost of legally purchasing marijuana out of reach for the communities that have been impacted the most,” Sweeney and State Sens. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) stated in a joint assertion.
The constitutional modification legalizing leisure marijuana capped the state gross sales tax on marijuana purchases at 6.625%, with native authorities given the choice to levy their very own 2% tax.
On Monday, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge) and Gov. Phil Murphy introduced assist for a person charge and excise tax, respectively, on marijuana gross sales.
Because of the way in which the poll query was worded, these taxes wouldn’t be utilized on the level of sale, however the prices would nonetheless probably be handed onto customers.
The senators additional referred to as for all revenues from marijuana gross sales be devoted towards communities of colour disproportionately impacted by the battle on medication.
“We are announcing today that all state revenue from legalized adult-use cannabis should be dedicated to impacted communities to reverse the harmful effects of systemic racism in our criminal justice system, from arrest to sentencing to incarceration,” they stated. “Those drug laws, with their mandatory minimum sentences, destroyed the lives of too many people of color, and we need to ensure that those new revenues are dedicated where they can do the most good to revitalize our communities.”
The draft of the enabling laws superior by the Senate Judiciary and Assembly Oversight Committees on Monday drew criticism from activists who stated the measure supplied more funding to police than it did to these communities.