Voters are poised to make history and vote to legalize marijuana in New Jersey this Nov. 3, several polls show.
But that won’t automatically flip a switch and allow adults to legally buy weed for recreational use the very next day.
New Jersey lawmakers must still pass a bill to enable the marijuana industry to operate here, nailing down the specific rules and regulations. And new marijuana dispensaries will have to go through a rigorous licensing process before they can open and meet the demand.
So it isn’t vote one day, legally light up the next.
The ballot question looks like the end of the long road to legalization, but it’s really just the beginning of another phase. Here’s some of what you can and can’t do.
Q: What has to happen if voters say yes?
A: While the question aims to legalize marijuana, it addresses only three things: the sales tax rate, that a person must be 21 or older and that a pending Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee the industry.
For the marijuana industry to become a reality, the state Legislature must pass a law to outline how it runs, from restrictions and regulations on products to