Appropriations Committee Releases Marijuana Legalization Bill – InsiderNJ

The Assembly Appropriations Committee tonight released Assembly Bill 4497, which would legalize recreational marijuana for adults in the state of New Jersey; create a Cannabis Regulatory Commission to regulate personal use and medical cannabis; and provide expungement relief for certain past marijuana offenses.

The vote was 6-1-2.

Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-8) abstained

Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26) voted no;

Assemblywoman Cleo Tucker (D-28) abstained;

Assemblyman William Spearman (D-5) voted Yes;

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37) voted Yes;

Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4) voted Yes;

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29) voted Yes;

Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36) voted Yes to release but reserved the right to oppose on the floor;

Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) voted Yes.

Following the committee vote, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) issued this statement on the passage of the adult-use cannabis bill:

“I’m very encouraged to see the adult-use cannabis bill was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee today. We have worked collaboratively on the details with the Governor and the Senate and will continue to work together to secure the votes needed for passage.”

According to the Assembly Majority Office:

Continuing to advance legislation paving the way for legalization of the adult-use cannabis, the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday approved measure  A-4497 that will set new, unprecedented regulation in the state for the possession, personal use, and sale of cannabis.

          Currently Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts and Michigan have legalized the adult-use of cannabis that permits the cultivation and sale of cannabis establishing regulated revenue producing markets.  Vermont and Washington D.C. allow for growing but prohibit the sale of cannabis. 

If the bill is enacted, New Jersey would become only the second state in the country to set regulations for cannabis as an act of the legislature.

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