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New Jersey lawmakers pass marijuana referendum for 2020 ballot

Posted at 5:42 AM, Dec 17, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey lawmakers have passed a proposed ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana, putting the referendum before voters in 2020.

The Democrat-led Assembly passed the measure 49-24, with one abstention, while the Senate passed the question 24-16.

The proposal need not go before Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, though he supports marijuana legalization.

The question asks voters if they'll approve recreational cannabis for people 21 and older.

All sales of marijuana products would be subject to the state's 6.625% sales tax, and towns could pass ordinances to charge local taxes as well.