New Jersey lawmakers agree on legislation to legalize recreational pot

New Jersey lawmakers agree on legislation to legalize recreational pot

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AND ALSO ON ABC EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>>RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IS COMING TO THE GARDEN STATE AND GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY IN THE STATE LAWMAKERS HAVE AGREED ON THE LEGISLATION. TONI YATES’S LIFE WITH THE LATEST. >>Reporter: NEW JERSEY IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO LEGALIZING ADULT USE MARIJUANA AND THIS HAS BEEN A LONG PROCESS, AS LONG AS THAT STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN. IT HAS BEEN SO MUCH BACK AND FORTH. THERE HAVE BEEN QUESTIONS ON HOW WOULD BE TAXED, HOW MUCH THE TAX SHOULD BE, OVERSIGHT OF THE INDUSTRY AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE CRIMINAL RECORDS OF THOSE CONVICTED OF POSSESSION IN THE PAST. NOW GOVERNOR AND LAWMAKERS AGREE ON THE BROAD OUTLINE OF THE RULES AND EXPECTATIONS. THEY AGREED ON THE $42 PER OUNCE TAX AND HOW MUCH TAX LOCAL GOVERNMENT WILL RECEIVE IF THEY HAVE GROWERS, MANUFACTURERS, WHOLESALERS OR RETAILERS IN THE TOWNS. THE INDUSTRY WILL BE OVERSEEN BY THE CANNABIS REGULATORY COMMISSION MADE UP OF FIVE MEMBERS. ANYONE ARRESTED IN THE PAST FOR LOW-LEVEL MARIJUANA CRIMES CAN HAVE THE CRIMES WIPED OFF THE RECORDS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. IT IS BEEN A LONG ROAD OR SHOULD WE SAY THE TALL STAIRCASE DECLINE. >>IT WAS NOT EASY. WE ARE STANDING UP AN ENTIRELY NEW INDUSTRY SO NOT SURPRISINGLY, IT TOOK TIME. AGAIN, I REPEAT, I GOT HERE VIA THE NOTION AND THE YAWNING GAPS OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE IN OUR STATE, PARTICULARLY THOSE INCARCERATED ACROSS THE RACIAL LINES. WE HAVE THE LARGEST WHITE TO NONWHITE GAP OF THOSE INCARCERATED IN AMERICA AND A BIG PIECE OF THAT IS THE LOW END DRUG POSSESSION. >>Reporter: THE POSITION COMMITS TO MAKING THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY BUSINESS. THIS MEANS THERE WILL BE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR MINORITIES, WOMEN, AND PEOPLE IN

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