My bill aims to reduce the consumption and use of opioids within the State of New Jersey

  • Posted on: 25 February 2020
  • By: Pranav Chaturvedi
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
An Act Relating to the Consumption and Use of Opiods within the State of New Jersey
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that higher taxes shall be implemented on certain nicotine based products, to aid many facilities and organizations within the state
Sections: 
Section I: For the purpose of this bill, the following definitions will apply: Opioid: a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others New Jersey Department of Law and Public Service: governmental agency in the U.S. state of New Jersey that focuses on protection of the lives and property of New Jersey residents and visitors New Jersey Drug Control Unit: unit within the Department of Law and Public Safety, for the purpose of assisting in the enforcement of those provisions of the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) Act which relate to persons who, or firms that, manufacture, prescribe, distribute, dispense or conduct research or analysis utilizing controlled substances Nonprofit Organization: a business that has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) because it furthers a social cause and provides a public benefit U.S. Customs and Border Protection: the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, and is the country's primary border control organization Illicit drugs: substances that either stimulate (such as cocaine or amphetamines) or inhibit (such as heroin or sedative-hypnotics) the central nervous system or cause hallucinogenic effects (such as marijuana or LSD) to the effect that their use has been prohibited globally Rehab Facilities: care that can help you get back, keep, or improve abilities that you need for daily life whether it be physical, mental, cognitive, etc.
Section II: The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Service will enforce the implementation of a 2% increase in tax on all tobacco based products and 3.5% on all electronic cigarettes The tax on tobacco based products and electronic cigarettes varies from product to product The current tax on cigarettes is $2.70 for a pack of twenty cigarettes The current tax on liquid nicotine is $0.20 per fluid milliliter and a 20% tax on non-disposable electronic smoking devices The determination of a “tobacco based product” or an “electronic cigarette” will be at the discretion of the New Jersey Drug Control Unit, a subset of the Department of Law and Public Safety
Section III: 50% of the annual revenue generated from such taxes will be spent on various projects aimed at preventing the trafficking and consumption of opioids 25% of that portion of revenue will be spent on supporting nonprofit organizations aimed at spreading awareness regarding the consumption of opioids The legitimacy of, and the credentials to be considered a nonprofit organization will be at the discretion of the New Jersey Drug Control Unit 45% will be wired to the Marine Services Bureau of the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety for the use of securing New Jersey sea border and stopping many drug traffickers as colossal amounts of opioids that are smuggled into New Jersey are smuggled through nautical routes 30% will be allocated towards rehab facilities aimed at easing people off of illicit drugs The legitimacy of a rehab facility must fall under the outlined definition as well as be approved by the New Jersey Drug Control Unit
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect on November 1, 2020.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to decrease the number of lives that are terminated due to the epidemic of opioid usage. In New Jersey, the opioid crisis fatally rises 14.9% every single year. In 2017, there were 2,289 deaths in total. Additionally, the total revenue made from tobacco products alone in 2019 was 919.4 million dollars. This bill not only intends to exploit the money made from tobacco products, as well as electronic cigarettes, by using it to aid the fight against opioids but also intends to increase the tax on such products. All of this is in the interest of the health of the people of New Jersey.
Author's Note: 
There will be a higher tax placed on electronic cigarettes compared to tobacco based products as an outbreak of electronic cigarette use has surged among the adolescent demographic in New Jersey therefore increasing the need for more of a tax due to the needed emphasis on this issue.
Lobbyist Consideration: 
No
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from taxes on various tobacco based products and electronic cigarettes. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the the New Jersey Drug Control Unit.
Speedpass Consideration: 
No
Secondary Sponsor: 
Thinktank Consideration: 
Yes