An act relating to the decriminalizing and regulation of marijuana.

  • Posted on: 3 March 2019
  • By: Vedaan Modi
Bill Number: 
LPCI1
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
An Act Relating to the Legalization of Marijuana
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that individuals are permitted to use marijuana for recreational uses, and for currently convicted related to marijuana have their sentences commuted or be released immediately.
Sections: 
I. Cannabis also is known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes. Its effects include experiencing a pleasant euphoria and sense of relaxation
II. Currently, anyone who is imprisoned due to the recreational use of marijuana is to be released immediately, with their records relating to marijuana expunged,
III. Drug dealers who were previously imprisoned for only selling marijuana shall have their sentences, if greater than 3 months, commuted to three months on the contingency that they adhere to drug tests for other illegal substances every three weeks for the following year.
IV. There will be very few, tightly regulated stores. Stores which want to sell marijuana to recreational users will have to follow strict guidelines concerning the sale and transportation of it. The maximum amount of marijuana that can be sold at one time, is with 20mg of THC. The transportation of which has to be done in a safe manner, with fireproof and sterile containers.
V. A Twenty-Five percent sale tax will be levied on every sale of marijuana. The proceeds of this tax will go on to combat global warming, in the form of subsidies for renewable energy.
VI. The legal age to buy marijuana is now 18 for recreational uses.
VII. Individuals will be allowed to grow up to two marijuana plants on their property for personal consumption. Maximum 4 plants per household.
VIII. Famers who wish to grow Marijuana will have to adhere to strict guidelines in order to be able to grow them.
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect 30 days after being enacted.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to decriminalize the use of marijuana and to fund renewable energy in the state of New Jersey.
Author's Note: 
The passage of this bill will not lead to any significant costs. The courts will be facing the brunt of this measure in releasing previously convicted individuals. The benefits of the bill are enormous, the legalization of cannabis will raise billions of dollars in tax revenue and create tens of thousands of jobs. "The U.S. cannabis industry is also generating new jobs. There have already been 80,000 new jobs created in California because of cannabis sales, producing a $3.5 billion increase in labor income, according to a study by ICF International."
Lobbyist Consideration: 
Yes
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of the law will come from the department of energy in the form of loans. All Loans will be pated back witin a year, with money that was raised from the marijuana tax. Funds Generated as a result of this law will go to the Department of Energy, in order to fund subsidies for renewable energy. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture & The Department of Energy.
Speedpass Consideration: 
No