Cannabis On The Ballot: Marijuana Legalization in New Jersey

New Jersey: Public Question 1

New Jersey residents will get the opportunity to vote on recreational marijuana legalization on November 3, 2020! Make sure you are registered to vote so you can make your voice heard on Election Day.

Election Update: New Jersey voters approved Public Question 1 to legalize marijuana by a wide margin on November 3, 2020. However, legalization cannot be fully enacted until the legislature passes “enabling legislation” that sorts out all of the details. A number of issues are still up in the air, including expungement, home grow, business licensing, social equity, taxes, and regulations. If you have strong opinions on any of these issues, then click here to email your state legislators and let them know how you want marijuana legalization to look in New Jersey.

What are the details?

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was elected in 2017 on a platform that included legalizing recreational marijuana. However, the state legislature was unable to reach an agreement, so after two years of negotiations they decided to let the people of New Jersey vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana. You can read the full text of the proposed amendment here

The legalization amendment would do the following:

  • Legalize the possession and use of marijuana for persons over the age of 21.
  • Put the state legislature in charge of determining details such as retail regulations, home grow, possession limits, and more. 
  • Tax recreational marijuana sales at the standard sales tax rate of 6.625% and allow local governments to enact an additional 2% sales tax on recreational marijuana sales.
To learn more about cannabis laws in New Jersey and find out where elected officials in the state stand on cannabis reform, check out our New Jersey state page.

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