Gov. Phil Murphy could soon take the first steps toward legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, and at least one bill is being considered by lawmakers to help make his signature campaign promise happen.
At the same, Murphy could also approve a ban on the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes, which are considered an attractive, tasteful and addictive way of getting people to start smoking.
State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, has introduced a bill that would legalize the possession and personal use of up to an ounce of marijuana for anyone over the age of 21. The state would also establish a pot sales tax that would help pay for enforcement costs.
The bill has not been approved yet by a Senate committee but Scutari has said he would like to see marijuana legalized by the spring.
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, however, could help pave the way for marijuana legalization.
A bill sponsored by Gusciora that would allow industrial hemp farming and “grow the state’s economy,”