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Marijuana Amendment proposed to NJ Voters

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This November, and earlier considering mail-in ballots, voters are casting votes to amend the New Jersey Constitution to allow recreational use of marijuana, or as many refer to it, cannabis. 

The interpretive statement is as follows:

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA

Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?

Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis. The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market.

Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax. If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

This amendment would legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis.” Only persons at least 21 years of age could use cannabis products legally.

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee the new adult cannabis market. This commission was created in 2019 to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program. The scope of the commission’s new authority would be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.

All retail sales of cannabis products in the new adult cannabis market would be subject to the State’s sales tax. If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

Advocates for passage of the measure are counting on tax revenue to help stimulate the economy and job market, while those who oppose its passage claim that the costs will far outweigh the benefits.  While every state and economy is different, findings from states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use can inform us on what works and what needs more investigation.  Throughout this month, Mercer Council will be posting a series of articles on the arguments for and against the legalization of recreational cannabis so that voters in Mercer County can make informed choices before they cast/mail in their ballots.

Employees of Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction are not funded nor affiliated with any sponsors of or business with the marijuana industry, including, but not limited to, marijuana for medicinal use, cannabis for recreational use, or the CDB Market.

(The Amendment was requoted from Ballotpedia.org)

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