Marijuana Referendum Passes In Jersey

The owner said signs like these were taken off his property. (Photo courtesy Daniel Kessel)

NEW JERSEY – The question on the ballot was “Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called ‘cannabis?’”

  The answer is apparently yes.

  According to poll results, a majority of state voters agreed that adults 21 or older can use cannabis.

  The referendum question will also have the Cannabis Regulatory Commission oversee New Jersey’s medical cannabis program and the personal use cannabis market.

  As the legalization goes through, the product will be subject to state sales tax. Individual towns could charge their own taxes for it as well.

  However, individual towns have the right to choose whether cannabis will be allowed to be sold within their borders. They do this through zoning regulations, not criminal laws.

  Some towns, like Berkeley Township, have already publicly called for a ban on sales in town. 

  Other governing bodies, like those in Toms River and Manchester, have stated that they wanted to see what the state rules would look like before making a decision on banning it. The reason for this is the assumption that state laws would overpower any local ones.