Less than every week after voters in New Jersey resoundingly handed a measure to legalize grownup use marijuana, lawmakers within the state moved ahead on plans to implement the brand new regulation.
A pair of associated payments handed out of two separate legislative committees on Monday, the Senate Judiciary and Assembly Oversight committees, with the intention to implement Question 1, the legalization measure that was authorized overwhelmingly final week on the poll field.
According to NORML, the pair of companion payments “would allow adults 21 and older to legally possess and purchase up to one ounce of marijuana,” as established by final week’s poll query, whereas additionally permitting “for home delivery, on-site consumption, protections for employees, students, parents, tenants, and those needing organ transplants, among other provisions.”
Still, disagreements and hurdles stay. NORML famous that lawmakers “failed to include provisions allowing adults to cultivate marijuana for personal use,” whereas the Asbury Park Press reported that lawmakers “may put an additional tax on legal weed and dedicate revenue to social service programs after hearing hours of complaints Monday.”
The Asbury Park Press said that Monday featured “lengthy hearings” within the state capital of Trenton, “which drew dozens of people to testify in favor or opposed, signaled that the coming weeks will be fevered and full of last-minute changes as lawmakers rush to implement legalization.”
The newspaper additionally stated that early indications are that key gamers within the legislative wrangling, Gov. Phli Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, are “at odds” over taxation.
New Jersey’s Ballot Measure
The haste with which lawmakers have responded to final week’s vote is a byproduct of the character of Question 1, which as a non-binding poll query that was referred by the legislature, requires that lawmakers “must now take immediate action to draft and implement enabling legislation in a manner that is in accordance with voters’ sentiments,” according to NORML.
Sixty-seven % of New Jersey voters authorized Question 1 final week, because the Garden State joined a rising variety of different states and cities to finish prohibition on leisure pot use.
Election Day additionally noticed voters in Arizona, South Dakota and Montana approve measures legalizing leisure pot, whereas South Dakota and Mississippi additionally handed medical marijuana measures.
“This is a great day for New Jersey. After years of political inaction, voters have definitively approved marijuana legalization,” Steve Hawkins, government director of the Marijuana Policy Project, stated final week after the end result was settled. “The passage of this ballot measure positions New Jersey to take the lead in the Northeast and will push neighboring states, like New York and Pennsylvania, to take action on marijuana legalization.”
After failing to go a invoice legalizing marijuana final 12 months, New Jersey lawmakers authorized a measure that put the query on the 2020 poll. Last week’s outcomes present some redemption for each advocates and lawmakers who had anticipated to approve legalization final 12 months. Murphy, the Democratic governor, campaigned on ending prohibition when he was elected in 2018. After the legislature cleared the best way for the query to be placed on the poll, Murphy expressed confidence that “New Jersey will move one step closer to righting a historical wrong and achieving what I have spent more than three years advocating for.”