On Monday, a major Senate committee accepted a recently revised reform to enforce rules for the initiative. A floor vote has been scheduled for Thursday. This comes after New Jersey residents approved a cannabis legalization program.
The committee also accented another regulation to minimize penalties for custody of psilocybin mushrooms. This regulation was initially featured in a different cannabis decriminalization reform. However, it was struck off due to controversy and converted to be an independent legislation.
Legislators instantly went to work to create legislation that would control the cannabis market amid the passage of ballot measures. Top activists from both branches have been negotiating with each other and with Governor Murphy Phil to come to a consensus.
Advocates have advised lawmakers to enforce marijuana sales regulations quickly. However, they’ve snubbed the original proposal citing that it didn’t tackle social equity and justice for communities adversely impacted by the war on controlled substances and drugs.
Although the new proposal will address these concerns, some activists claim it’s still insufficient.
The new reform features Senate-passed regulations to set aside 70% of marijuana tax proceeds to community reinvestment initiatives like legal aid, mentoring and workforce training.
The Assembly also got a winning vote, with negotiators including the chamber’s recommendation to offer 37 marijuana cultivation licenses in the first twenty-four months. Activists want zero limits since they believe it would reduce participation of the minority in the sector. Microgrow licenses for firms with less than 10 employees won’t carry any limitations.
Apart from offsetting administrative expenses, tax returns will also be used for public education and training in law enforcement.
During a press release, Senate leader Sweeney Steve said that the bill’s advancement is a major forward step for New Jersey that’ll put them at the forefront of the policy change.
The authorization doesn’t craft a unique license category for equity venture applicant and still criminalizes growing cannabis at home for recreation purposes.