New Jersey Senator Proposes Marijuana Legalization
March 24th, 2014
Policy, Top News
New Jersey State Senator Nicholas Scutari introduced legislation on Monday, March 24, 2014 making the case for legalizing and taxing marijuana. The legislation is modeled after similar legislation in Colorado and Washington after the former state brought in more than $2 million in tax revenue in January alone.
“Anybody that looks at the facts knows that the war on marijuana has been a miserable failure,” said Mr. Scutari in a press release. “We’re not delusional about how simple the effort would be, but I think from a standpoint of moving this state and this country forward on its archaic drug law… it’s a step in the right direction.”
The Drug Policy Alliance estimates that more than 22,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession in New Jersey in 2010 alone. Minor convictions for these people often have long-term consequences in terms of job prospects, while taxpayer money is wasted on the large amount of law enforcement resources required.
Support for legalization has also been on the rise in the Garden State. Lake Research Partners polled residents in June finding that nearly 60% supported legalizing, regulating and taxing cannabis. An October Gallup poll indicated that these findings have become universal throughout the U.S. with 58% supporting such moves.
Despite the senator’s efforts and public support, the full legalization of marijuana is likely to face some opposition from Governor Chris Christie. The governor has repeatedly indicated that he wouldn’t allow legalization or even decriminalization, as it would send the wrong message to kids.
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