First vote on marijuana legalization likely Monday
Published on Nov 22, 2018
New Jersey legislators will have a chance to vote on a new bill this coming week, The New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Act, which would legalize and regulate the adult use of cannabis in the state. Adults over the age of 21 will be able to purchase and possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis and the Division of Marijuana Enforcement will be established to be resonsible for regulating taxes and licensing. If passed, lawmakers say the bill will save $127 million a year that is currently spent in New Jersey towards the prohibition of cannabis alongside the massive potential for tax revenue from the cash crop. In 2012 New Jersey had 24,000 arrests for cannabis possession, one every 22 minutes roughly. It's time to stop using so much energy and resrouces to prohibit a substance that is bringing relief to millions of people allover the world.
The sponsors say the bill will save $127 million a year now spent to enforce criminal laws regarding marijuana and raise hundreds of millions of dollars a year in new tax revenue. It is also intended to keep funds from going to illegal drug cartels and result in more racial and class fairness in how people are treated regarding marijuana use.