TRENTON – It’s the next step towards bringing legal growth to New Jersey.
It is at stake today when legislators are expected to vote for a bill that specifically covers New Jersey marijuana legalization.
If the marijuana legalization bill is approved by a joint session in Senate and Assembly Committees today, the next step would be a poll in both chambers – which may come as soon as next month – followed by Phil Murphy, the old man, who signs it in law.
“We are on the brink of a big change here in New Jersey,” said John Burzichelli, D-Salem, co-chairman of the Assembly’s Budget Committee. “It has been a long way, but today we are on the way to something very important, and it is not something that has been made unfortunate or ruthless. As we review this proposition, there are a lot of thoughts that are reflected.”
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The commission room where the bills will be heard every standing room-just well before the scheduled 10 o’clock in the morning, filled with both marijuana legalization advocates – a man wearing a hat with cartoon marijuana leaves On it – and opponent, buttons featuring a marijuana leaf and the letters “NJ” bear a big no symbol through them.
“How can it help us get a new drug in the market that will be promoted commercially to get more people to use it,” said a former American republic Patrick Kennedy III, D-Rhode Island, in an interview. “I just think it’s a bad public order. I’m a father of five children and I do not want these things to be actively promoted. It’s the new big tobacco.”
Senate and the parish’s budget budgets kicked off with Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, who sponsored and enchanted marijuana legalization in the Senate.
“It will stimulate the New Jersey economy as nothing ever before – a brand new industry that people can actually start from ground level up,” said Scutari. “We are on the verge of a historic event here, starting something and creating jobs that no other legislator has done before. We have that opportunity.”
“We have to take our head out of the sand. We must realize that what we tried simply do not work. “
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What’s on in the bills?
There are four marijuana bills that are discussed before the budget committees on Monday.
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All eyes will be on bill S-2703, which would make it absolutely legal to have up to an ounce of marijuana and consume it at home or in specifically designated areas. It sets a tax rate of 12 percent for marihuanain purchases, but the municipalities coul d also introduce a 2 percent tax by itself.
The bill also requires an electronic expungement archive system for marijuana crimes which would now be considered legal.
A combined medical marijuana expansion bill would increase the monthly medical marijuana cap from 2 to 3 ounces per patient, legalize edible forms of medical marijuana for adults and jump start the state process for new medical marijuana dispensers, manufacturers and cultivators.
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A third proposition, S-3205, focuses exclusively on expungements. If they were created by law, it would make more substitute crimes – including controlled dangerous substances – and lower the waiting time down to five years. It also contains a “pure slate” process that will wipe away all crimes at once for anyone who has a clean record for 10 years after their last crime. Many more serious crimes would not be justified.
What does NJ look like?
If the marijuana legalization bill is statutory according to the letter, the garden state should have one of the lowest tax rates in the United States – only for newly legalized Michigan where voters approved a voting measure that required a 10 percent tax rate.
Dispensaries could also open separate “consumer areas” where marijuana customers can consume the product as long as the municipality approves them. This has been an area affected by other legal weather states, where marijuana users may only use consumption at home.
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And New Jersey would be only the fourth country with legal weed deliveries, allowing dispensers to invest in safe fleet of delivery vehicles or hire independent sellers.
The rules are strict, so this would not be a lift or door dash of marijuana.
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What does actually happen in a committee statement?
First, the committee will hear from a host of people who will offer a few minutes of testimony – usually read a written statement – in support or opposition from the legal weed, medical marijuana and expropriation bills.
These testimonies can be followed up with questions or comments from legislators.
After hearing all of them – or the Chairman of the Committee, they have heard – it is time for voting. Most legislators will offer a few minutes of reasoning before they cast their vote, so we know exactly why they vote for or against legal grass.
What’s left to figure out?
There are two main focal points, largely between team champion and Murphy’s office.
Although legislators for legal refusal have agreed on a twelve percent tax rate, Murphy’s administration awaited a 25 percent tax rate at the beginning of the 2018-19 state budget. It is not clear whether the governor would support a bill containing a tax rate of less than half that his administration planned.
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The second question is the creation of a Cannabis Regulatory Commission. According to the legal bill, this member of five members would monitor cannabis in New Jersey, from sale to licenses for violations and rules.
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