The legislation for legal marijuana use in New Jersey is progressing well, and legislators are reasonably happy with the language and the way the amendment is working out. Meanwhile, state residents may be happy with the results as well, since the legislation includes marijuana delivery to a residence.
This is notable because of the nine states where marijuana is legal, it’s only acceptable to receive marijuana deliveries at your home in three: California, Nevada, and Oregon. The amount permitted is small – only one ounce – and the resident of legal age who ordered the marijuana must sign for it. However, it still is impressive that the order can be made through a licensed dispensary and delivered.
While this is good news for the state residents, the employees and business owners are not seeing the option as favourably. This is because the process of making deliveries for the business is complex and time-consuming. Each business will be required to keep a log of deliveries that notes date, time, amount of marijuana, name of delivery personnel, strain, and customer signature.
A detailed inventory of the delivery fleet must be kept current as well. Meanwhile, each delivery person must carry a cell phone, a GPS device, and a copy of the delivery order to be shown to any law enforcement encountered during the course of the trip from dispensary to delivery location.
These measures are to help ensure marijuana is making it to the intended destination and only ordered by those who are of legal age to do so.
The bill has one element that is still under discussion. That is the amount of taxation for marijuana in the state.
Legislators are disagreeing between a 10% tax and a 25% tax later or a 25% tax from the point of legalization.
A previous bill introduced the idea of the initial 10% tax, noting that this rate was intended to allow businesses to operate legally and with profit while decreasing the chances of illegal sales.
The bill was shelved for the current legislation, and the hope is that the tax situation will be ironed out quickly so the new bill can be introduced in the coming months.
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