It’s official: New Jersey voters will decide on marijuana legalization
New Jersey voters will be the ones to decide if recreational marijuana will be legalized in the state.
Lawmakers approved the resolution Monday during a marathon voting session in Trenton. The Democrat-led Assembly passed the measure 49-24, with one abstention, while the Senate passed the question 24-16. The proposal need not go before Gov. Phil Murphy, who supports legalization.
The question will be placed on the November 2020 ballot. It asks voters if they'll approve recreational cannabis for people 21 and older. All sales of marijuana products would be subject to the state's 6.625% sales tax, and towns could pass ordinances to charge local taxes as well.
Marijuana legalization was a major part of Murphy’s campaign for governor. But lawmakers were not able to agree on legislation that would pass a vote.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.