Across the United States, the battle for the legalization of marijuana has been going on for years. As of July 2017, the only states where the recreational use of marijuana is legal are Maine, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, and Washington D.C.
New Jersey, however, does not permit the recreational use of marijuana. Medical marijuana is permitted in the state. Some speculate that after Governor Christie is out of office in early 2018, the legalization will depend on who becomes appointed the next Governor. The state’s Democratic candidate, Phil Murphy, is in favor of legalization while the Republican candidate, Kim Guadagno, is not.
A bill has been introduced into New Jersey’s government that would legalize marijuana. It would only allow residents to have no more than 1 oz. of marijuana in their possession or up to 16 oz. of cannabis that is in edible form. There would be a 7-percent sales tax for the first year, which would increase to 10-percent in the following year. Medical marijuana would not be taxed. The state would likely bring in at least $300 million in revenue from taxes.
Of course, it will all come down to who the next Governor is. In the mean time, be aware of the current marijuana laws. The possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana will result in up to 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and a disorderly person’s offense. Any more than 50 grams is a crime and will result in 1.5 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $25,000.
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