Employers would retain their appropriate to enforce drug-free of charge workplace policies beneath the newest version of a bill to legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana. The bill was authorized by Senate and Assembly committees Monday evening and is now in position for a vote by each homes of the Legislature, possibly as quickly as March 25.

The “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Modernization Act” (S-2703/A-4497) would make it legal for adults 21 and more than to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, but employers would nevertheless be permitted to prohibit personnel from getting beneath the influence or bringing the drug to function. Final week, that provision – which NJBIA strongly advocated for – was temporarily removed from the legislation as component of a drafting error. It was reinstated quickly just after NJBIA expressed its issues.

“Current law makes it possible for employers to prohibit personnel from coming to function beneath the influence of alcohol or drugs – or even legal prescription medicines that are getting abused,” mentioned NJBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Michael Wallace mentioned. “NJBIA is pleased that an earlier drafting error that omitted employer protections is back in the legislation so that workplace security is not jeopardized.”

Gov. Phil Murphy is anticipated to sign the marijuana legalization bill, should really it attain his desk. The governor’s FY 2020 spending budget forecasts $60 million in tax income from legal marijuana sales, which would be taxed at $42 an ounce.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee voted six-1 and six-four, respectively, to release the legislation and advance it to the complete Assembly and Senate for a vote. The two committees also authorized bills that would expunge the records of men and women previously convicted of minor marijuana offenses and expand the state’s health-related marijuana plan.

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