Garden State lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would make it easier for the state’s marijuana dispensaries to operate legally than in other states.
The legislation, which has not been signed by the governor, would allow for the cultivation and sale of marijuana by caregivers and retail stores, but it would prohibit dispensaries from selling it to customers.
In addition, marijuana would be taxed at a 15 per cent rate and not be considered a drug under the current system.
It also would require all medical marijuana dispensaries that are licensed to sell to undergo annual inspections and annual certifications, a requirement that is not currently required.
The bill was tabled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
It now goes to the full Assembly.
The Assembly is expected to vote on it this week.