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Posted on: February 12, 2019

Cannabis Legalization Update

As you may recall, legislation to legalize adult, recreational use of marijuana was moved out of respective committees in late November but have not advanced for final floor votes. There remains at least two significant areas of disagreement between the Murphy Administration and the legislative sponsors. While it is far from certain, it appears some recent discussions have been held and it is possible we may again see the issue emerge for possible action in the upcoming weeks.   

The League (NJLM) has worked closely with the Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA) and the Conference of Mayors (NJCM) on the issue. While there is no consensus on the legalization issue itself, there is consensus on related issue in the likely event that such legislation eventually passes, including the need to increase the local flexibility in assessing a local option tax and the provisions regarding expungement and restorative justice.

Please take action: This is a controversial issue and there are strong feelings on both sides of the issue. However, legalization is likely a matter of when, not if. And when it becomes law it will impact every municipality in some way or another. We must prepare now so that municipalities are in the best position to implement the anticipated law.  Please contact your Legislators immediately and let them know your feelings on the issue. Further, we urge you to prioritize the issues identified by the NJLM, NJCM and the NJUMA, that being the need to increase the 2% local option tax so that taxpayers are made whole and full funding and expansion of the expungement provisions. 

The League’s November 27 letter has additional details as does the PDF of the free webinar offered by the League on November 30 and the Cannabis Legalization web page: http://NJLM.org/969/cannabis-legalization.

Contact: Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, mcerra@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x120.


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