State lawmakers unveil legislation to legalize marijuana in NJ

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New Jersey lawmakers have unveiled their latest proposal to legalize recreational marijuana for people 21 and over in the state.

A joint Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committee is expected to discuss the package of measures Monday.

One bill provides for legalizing an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older, setting up a five-person cannabis commission and taxing the substance at 12 percent. That rate includes the 6.625 percent sales tax. The draft also permits local governments to apply up to a 2 percent tax on cannabis.

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An earlier measure called for gradually increasing tax rates, which lawmakers did away with in the latest proposal.

The legislation also calls for expediting expungements for people with marijuana-related criminal backgrounds.

A vote originally scheduled on the issue was postponed last month.

Gov. Phil Murphy says that he supports legalization and made it major part of his campaign for governor.

The Associated Wire services contributed to this report.

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