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New Jersey Lawmakers to Weigh Bill Legalizing Recreational Cannabis

The Assembly and Senate judiciary committees have scheduled hearings on a measure to permit adults to use marijuana

What to Know

  • New Jersey lawmakers are set to consider legislation legalizing recreational marijuana.
  • The hearings come after Gov. Murphy and legislative leaders announced last week a deal on legalization.
  • Under the agreement, cannabis would be taxed at $42 an ounce, though towns could impose taxes of up to 3 percent in certain cases.

New Jersey lawmakers are set to consider legislation legalizing recreational marijuana.

The Assembly and Senate judiciary committees have scheduled hearings on a measure to permit adults to use cannabis.

New Jersey would join 10 states and the District of Columbia in legalizing the drug, if the measure becomes law.

The hearings come after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders announced last week a deal on legalization.

Under the agreement, cannabis would be taxed at $42 an ounce, though towns could impose taxes of up to 3 percent in certain cases.

The deal also calls for a five-person regulatory commission and a process to make expunging past marijuana-related convictions easier.

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The proposal also bars certain marijuana offenses from being considered in some sectors, like education, housing and job licensing.

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