New Jersey Marijuana Bill May Get Vote Next Week

November 22, 2018 - 3:03 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) – A series of bills that would legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey could be voted on by parts of the Legislature next week.

The bills were unveiled Wednesday and first go up for a vote Monday in legislative committees.

The Senate and Assembly could vote as early as December on the bills.

The issue of recreational weed remains a top issue among top Democrats and Gov. Phil Murphy, with questions about the tax rate and how it would be regulated.

Although Murphy has been an outspoken supporter of legalization, Senate President Steve Sweeney told the Bergen Record that the Senate and the Murphy administration are 98 percent there.

Murphy wants weed to be taxed at 25 percent, while other top Democrats like Sweeney want a more modest 12 percent tax rate, plus the potential for an additional 2 percent by cities or towns where the marijuana is purchased.

Under the legislation, one ounce of weed can be carried by people 21 years old and older.

People would be able to light up in public-designated areas, like with cigarettes.

There would also be an opportunity for those charged or convicted on marijuana-related offenses  to apply to have those offenses thrown out.