A vote scheduled for Monday in the New Jersey House of Representatives, which included a proposal to create a new recreational marijuana market, was canceled, spokesman Craig Coughlin said Friday. “The latest news is important to our neighborhood, and the Assembly's role in passing a fair and responsible law is to be thoughtful, "he said in a statement. Coughlin, a Democrat, said it was clear the bill would not get final approval because of disagreements between the Democratic-led Senate and House over the rules governing legal marijuana.
The measure was disputed and lawmakers must resolve the differences before a final vote. Lawmakers had planned to speed up the legislation after voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing recreational marijuana for people 21 and older in the November 3 election, but have so far been unable to reach an agreement on the law.
A key sticking point was the issue of limiting the number of licenses for growers, with a ceiling of 10,000 per year for the first five years and 20 per year thereafter.
The Senate bill had no limits, but lawmakers appeared to be passing that stumbling block on Thursday. Another sticking point was the introduction of a consumption tax, and both chambers also wanted to introduce a tax that they said would raise the state sales tax from %6.625 to %7.00. Both versions of the measure include the possibility that the Cannabis Regulatory Commission could impose the tax late addition.
disappointment that the Assembly has not yet acted. A bipartisan majority in the Senate passed a constitutionally approved amendment, and the National Assembly approved the bill.