TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker announced a bill Monday that would legalize marijuana, tax it and use the revenue to pay to fix the state’s roads and bridges.
As CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported Monday evening, State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) said he has never smoked marijuana personally.
But Scutari has proposed legislation that would legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in New Jersey for those who are 21 or older.
The proposed legislation even allows people to grow limited amounts of pot.
“It will bring marijuana out of the underground market, where it can be controlled, regulated, and taxed just as alcohol has been for decades,” Scutari said.
The motivation, Scutari said, is the amount of tax dollars Colorado has projected it will generate after recreational marijuana was legalized in that state this year. The projection totals over $100 million.
The New Jersey bill calls for a 7 percent tax on marijuana, which would be sold at designated stores just like alcohol is.