Atlantic City’s mayor pushing in chips on proposed marijuana district

May 12, 2018 8:24 AM

Atlantic City’s mayor, in anticipation of the June 28th openings of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Ocean Resort Casino, the two mega-casinos replacing Taj Mahal and the Revel, is now pushing in his chips on a proposed marijuana district for the seaside resort city, reports local media.

In his State of the City address earlier this week,” Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. said, “We are opening the door to a new era. I feel exuberant. He said that there would be no tax hike in the city’s budget, and that he was hopeful that legalized marijuana would come to New Jersey, to be enjoyed in his town in an “adult district.”

He added, “We’re looking forward to being one of the municipalities where you can come in and enjoy the plant.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is pushing state lawmakers to pass legislation legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana in the state by the end of the year. Murphy has included $60 million in tax revenue from legal pot in his first state budget proposal.

"I am committed to working with you to get this passed this year," the Democrat said in his March budget address to lawmakers.

Recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada last year, but it remains illegal to consume it in public or buy it from any source other than a state-licensed store.