New Jersey simply voted to legalize marijuana. This is what occurs subsequent


Congratulations New Jersey!

Garden State voters legalized recreational cannabis through Question 1, making it the first Central Atlantic state to adopt such a measure.

As expected, the election question went through without any problems: 67% of residents supported it in the elections.

No not yet. Wait until New Years Day.

Question 1 was an amendment to the state constitution and comes into force on January 1, 2021.

When can I legally own and use cannabis?

The moment the clock ticks past midnight on New Year’s Eve, you know. On January 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., it will be legal for all adults 21 and older to possess and use cannabis.

How much weed can I own?

This is a conundrum that state legislation needs to clarify.

The language of question 1 contains few details about the adult program. The program is now in the hands of first lawmakers and then the state cannabis regulatory committee (CRC), which already exists to run the state’s medical program to set a framework and regulations.

However, some lawmakers are optimistic that the program could start very quickly.

“I think one of the most important things is getting people to buy legal cannabis right away,” Nick Scutari (D-Union), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NJ.com on October 27th.

More recently, Scutari told Politico that he was already drafting detailed laws that “hopefully will be submitted by the end of the week, Thursday or next Monday”.

See above: It’s up to Nick Scutari and state legislation. We’ll know more in a few days or weeks.

Is Cannabis Taxed?

Hey, we can actually answer this!

The change prohibits a specific marijuana excise tax. Adult cannabis sales are subject to normal government sales tax of 6.625%.

State law could allow local governments to charge an additional 2% sales tax if they so choose.

Can my city or county prohibit weed trafficking?

Yes. Counties and municipalities can create their own rules and regulations for cannabis companies, including prohibiting them altogether.

If you want a legal cannabis shop in your town, you may have to show up at the town hall to fight for it. Politicians in other new constitutional states have quickly banned legal business. Yes, you may fight and vote for legalization more than once.

Will there be a lot of new stores?

Probably, but details still need to be clarified.

New Jersey currently only has 12 medical pharmacies. The state might need a few (hundred) more to meet the demand of a state that is home to 9 million people. In contrast, Washington State has a population of approximately 7.6 million people. The Cannabis Control Board has limited adult retail licenses to 556.

New Jersey legislation is likely to license under-represented communities and individuals affected by the war on drugs, but details in that regard are TBD as well.

Will there be a sentence deletion process?

Question 1 calls for the establishment of an online portal through which people with marijuana beliefs (property fees of up to five pounds) can expedite expulsion. The change also requires that pending ownership fees be downgraded or rejected.

However, there are no details on when people will be able to begin the deletion process.

In addition, the change will prevent employers, landlords, and others with marijuana beliefs from discriminating, and will allow citizens to take legal action against such discrimination.

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Max Savage Levenson probably has the lowest cannabis tolerance of any writer on the cannabis beat. He also writes about music for Pitchfork, Bandcamp and other people with glasses. He is the co-host of the Hash podcast. His dream interview is Tyler the Creator.

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