NJ Politics Digest: Legal Weed Sales Won’t Begin Until 2020

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

State Democratic leaders have reached an agreement to move forward with legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but that doesn’t mean New Jersey residents will be able to light up anytime soon.

Senate President Steve Sweeney has said that it likely won’t be until January 2020 that legal recreational marijuana dispensaries will begin operating in the state, according to a report by Politico.

While Sweeney, Gov. Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin have agreed the state will impose a tax of $42 per ounce on recreational marijuana, there is still no agreement what sort of tax local governments will charge, Politico reports. And there’s still no guarantee the plan will receive the needed votes in the state legislature, as several prominent Republican and Democrats opposing legalization and instead favoring decriminalization.

Quote of the Day: “I’ve got to tell you guys, honest to God, the bill isn’t finished,” — Senate President Steve Sweeney on legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use.

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NJ Politics Digest: Legal Weed Sales Won’t Begin Until 2020