NJ lawmakers may finally vote on bill to legalize marijuana

Adam Warner
November 26, 2018 - 10:01 am
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FORT LEE, N.J. (1010 WINS) – Having planted the seed to legalize weed, legislators may finally vote on a bill Monday to permit pot smoking on this side of the Hudson.

Last week, lawmakers unveiled their latest proposal to legalize recreational marijuana for people 21 and over.

Now a joint Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committee is set to discuss the latest proposal Monday.

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Under the proposal, people 21 years and older would be able to have an ounce of marijuana.

The tax rate for pot would be 12 percent, with local governments able to tack on another 2 percent.

The legislation also calls for expunging peoples’ marijuana-related criminal records in the state.

A full vote could come next month if the bill clears committees. 

A grass roots campaign to keep weed out of some towns by preemptively banning pot sales probably won’t stop legislators as the momentum moves towards legalization.

New Jersey would join ten other states and Washington, D.C., if it legalized marijuana for recreational use.

On Monday, friends Victor and Isaiah spoke with 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

Victor, of Cliffside Park, was all for weed legalization, although he says he doesn’t smoke the stuff.

“It would stop the petty harassment and arrests that they make for marijuana, and stop putting away these young innocent kids who just want to smoke to get high,” he said. “You can’t stop it. You’re not going to ever be able to stop it.”

Victor does, however, like the smell of marijuana.

“If they had a cologne, I’d wear it,” he said.

Isaiah put his view bluntly: “If they want it and they’re doing it in the confines of their home, in the privacy of their own space, then I have no objection to it,” he said.