New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy hasn’t fully come into office yet but has already introduced legislation to legalize marijuana.
The proposed bill would allow the recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older, it allows possession of 1 ounce of marijuana. The legislation seeks to put into place “Division of Marijuana Enforcement”, that would help regulate the industry.
The proposed sales tax on marijuana would be in the range of 7 percent to 25 percent over five years,
The public seems to be behind the effort. A September 2017 Quinnipiac University poll showed that 59 percent of residents approved of marijuana legalization. The poll surveyed 1,121 voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points.
Eights states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. Vermont's Legislature this week gave final approval to a measure legalizing marijuana, and the governor has indicated he would sign it.