TRENTON, New Jersey, United States – New Jersey is about to vote on a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but the governor and legislative leaders continue to press in support of their respective arguments.
Both the Senate and the State Assembly have scheduled votes on the initiative supported by Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, but approval is far from certain.
Murphy said last week that he has been trying to persuade lawmakers to back the proposal, but he still does not have the necessary votes.
The governor warned that even if the proposal is not approved, it will still try to persuade the state leaders, but it is not known when a new vote would be called.
In the event that the measure is approved, New Jersey would join the District of Columbia and 10 other states in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. It would also be the only state, with the exception of Vermont, to achieve legalization through its legislative assembly and not by referendum.
The proposal stipulates a tax of $ 42 for each ounce sold and creates a commission of five members to regulate its trade. People who are in jail for crimes related to marijuana would be exonerated.
In addition, municipalities with growers, retailers or wholesalers may charge their own taxes of up to 3 percent.
As for people imprisoned for selling marijuana, the measure will exempt them from paying the fee for their judicial exoneration and will allow to erase all police records if the crime is for less than 2.3 kilos (5 pounds).
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