NJ voters approve 3 public questions on ballot, including to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana in state
Voters in New Jersey have voted to approve all three public questions on the 2020 election ballot, including public question No. 1, which is legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 years old and older.
Gov. Phil Murphy campaigned on the promise to legalize it. New Jersey will become the 12th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana, with a roughly two-thirds vote in favor of the action.
At the earliest, the referendum will take at least until Jan. 1 to be put in place, so as of today, and at least the rest of the year, marijuana remains illegal.
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There are still more votes to be counted, but it appears every county in the Garden State has, so far, voted in favor of legalizing marijuana.
The state will legalize cannabis for people 21 years of age or older.
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The state commission created to oversee the state's medical cannabis program will also oversee the new recreational cannabis market.
It would be subject to state sales tax. If authorized by the state legislature, municipalities could add an extra tax.
In a statement, ACLU-NJ Executive Director Amol Sinha says, "New Jerseyans spoke with a unified voice with a clear message: the time of cannabis prohibition must end. New Jerseyans overwhelmingly rejected the injustices and costs, human and financial, of the war on marijuana, and instead voted to create a new vision of justice."
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop also weighed in on the vote saying, “I think legalization is going to be helpful from a social justice standpoint and a revenue standpoint for cities in the state, and hopefully the state legislature can put good parameters in place so everybody benefits and even people who didn't vote for it hopefully see benefits of it if Trenton does the right thing."
It was also on the ballot in Arizona, where a majority of voters said yes, along with South Dakota and Montana, where it was on the ballot for recreational use. In Mississippi, voters also approved an initiative to establish a medical marijuana program.
Public question No. 2 will allow certain military veterans who served during times of peace to be eligible to receive a special property tax dedication. Public question No. 3 allows the state to delay its legislative redistricting process if census data is delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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