Contrary to Gov. Chris Christie’s anti-pot stance, New Jersey lawmakers are working to become the next state to legalize marijuana.
A bill to legalize, regulate, and tax the recreational adult use of marijuana was introduced in the state Senate on Monday, reports NJ.com.
Under the bill, adults 21 and over would be allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or 16 ounces of cannabis-infused products, including edibles. A tax on marijuana sales would be established, beginning at seven percent and rising to 25 percent over the course of five years.
Although Democratic Sen. Nicholas Scutari doesn’t expect the law to pass this year under Gov. Christie, he hopes the bill will gain enough support once Christie leaves office in January.
“We got to get the ball rolling and educate the legislators,” said Scutari, chairman of the Senate’s judiciary committee, during the bill’s announcement. “This is not something I can guarantee passage of right now. But we’ve got to work it so it will be ready for a new administration come January.”
Christie has a history of denouncing the use and legalization of cannabis, and…