California rung in the new year by allowing marijuana sales within the state starting in 2018. The state’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana has been called a “new gold rush” by some commentators, including USA TODAY.
While marijuana has long been grown in California, until recently, growers have had to conduct their operations in secret, skirting both state and federal law. While federal laws still treat marijuana as an illegal Schedule I controlled substance, many states are experimenting with systems that decriminalize marijuana and tax it for the benefit of state and local governments, roads, or schools.
New Jersey recently joined the group of states pursuing marijuana decriminalization. A recent law passed in the state allows New Jersey residents and visitors age 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana at a time, along with the paraphernalia required to consume it, such as a pipe.
But New Jersey’s law doesn’t just make it legal for individual adults to use marijuana. It also creates a system for regulating marijuana-selling businesses, putting New Jersey on a similar path to California.
Three additional states have also joined the fray in marijuana cultivation and sales, including Colorado, whose early successes with regulation and tax revenues have served as both a model and an inspiration. California’s sheer size, however, along with the size of its existing marijuana operations, place the state to shape marijuana business in the entire country, some commentators say.
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