Poll: Nearly 60 Percent Of New Jersey Adults Favor Legalizing Marijuana

Nearly six out of ten New Jersey adults favor legalizing the use and sale of marijuana, according to the results of a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that they support “legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and over.” Thirty-nine percent of respondents oppose legalizing cannabis.

Support for legalization was highest among those age 18 to 34 (67 percent), Democrats (64 percent), and Independents (61 percent). Support was lowest among Republicans (41 percent) and those over the age of 65 (47 percent).

When respondents were asked if they supported regulating marijuana in the same manner as alcohol, support rose to sixty percent.

In a recent appearance on CBS’s program Face the Nation, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced that, if elected President, he would use the power of the federal government to prosecute marijuana-related activities in states that have legalized the plant.

26 thoughts

  1. I hope New Jersyans are smart enough to get rid of the porker known as Chris Christie the first chance they get… He obviously does not represent them or the majority of the people in America! That bully is just an out of touch corporate clown.

  2. Sad to say but the NJ gov does not seem to believe in the wil of the people. He has no clue he was elected to represent the people, he just wants to rule the people this man should not be in any office.

  3. Delaware has decriminalized less than an ounce.

    “House Bill 39 reduces penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine only — no arrest, and no criminal record.”

    http://norml.org/laws/item/new-jersey-penalties-2

    http://norml.org/laws/item/delaware-penalties

    Christie has absolutely got to fade away out of the political scene, and definitely not become president. NJ needs a Democratic governor and majority in the legislative bodies for this to become reality. If Christie goes down like the Hindenburg and takes a lot of votes for Republicans with him, the stench could last for enough elections to turn voters off of voting for NJ Republicans.

  4. New Jersey gave the world an awesome little stoner rock band called Monster Magnet.

    That has to count for something, right?

    I never even heard of this Christie fellow til recently.

    I knew of the band since the 90’s.

    AND I DON’T EVEN LIVE IN THE US.

    Emphasis mine.

  5. @ Doctor Demento,

    Back in about ’64 or thereabouts, the Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa’s band) had a song on their Freak Out! album called “Return of the son of monster magnet.” I never realized monster magnet was also a wham-o toy. How about that.

  6. I believe it should be leagalized in the same manor as alcohol. I suffer from PTSD and it helps me much faster and no crazy symptoms like the pills they like to throw down your throat.

  7. They voted for the guy? What in the Hell did they expect?

    Don’t vote for the guy in 2016. Her is HOT your freind, fellow NORML enthusiast. He’ll spend money with a enthusiastic rancor against reform for the noble weed.

  8. I think this should be legal across the board.
    if you can by alcohol and cigarettes and coffee why is it such a problem to use this substance especially when it helps with so many medical issues.

  9. We should all remember that de-criiminalization still means that a cannabis user is ostracised and prevented from being a full member of society. The de-criminalization bit just means it costs less money but the tax payer still gets most of the persecution value! It is the old fashioned war on drugs done on the cheap.

    Cannabis users need to stop apologising for who they are and settle for nothing less than equal rights. This is a small victory but it cannot stop here.

  10. They voted for the guy…

    An aggressive anti-marijuana Christie Presidency could roll-back a decade of progress on reform.

    Don’t vote for the guy!

  11. What a waste of skin! I’m conservative, employed in Government and very pro-legalization nationwide. There’s no way in hell the American people need to elect this bloated sac of protoplasm. We can’t afford to feed him and he sure as hell knows nothing amount MJ. His blatant disregard for the will of the voters in his state also says volumes about his ‘leadership’ skills.

  12. For Christie to have a viewpoint like that, it demonstrates that he is incredibly out of touch. Nobody in their right mind would try to tell California and Colorado, among many others, that they can no longer have medicinal weed. Actually, I believe his own people, would at some point, tell him that anti pot comments aren’t good for getting votes, Sir.

  13. I didn’t vote for him. He is despicable and that’s an understatement. I thought Bridge Gate would finally be his downfall, but alas, he’s still here.

    And, yes, he thinks he’s presidential material. The fact that he condescends to everyone, I can’t understand how he can still hold an office.

  14. So just my thoughts and not that I see anything wrong with gay rights, but couldn’t marijuana be legalized the same way?

    [Editor’s note: Short answer is ‘no’. Longer explanation…there have been numerous constitutional and scheduling challenges regarding cannabis since 1968. Unfortunately, drug policy reformers have received little-to-no legal relief from courts, notably in the federal courts. Courts have consistently ruled that there is no constitutional right to use cannabis as a medicine or recreational drug.

    The only current exemption for drug use outside of the Controlled Substances Act is for recognized religious use. By recognized, this means the courts have ruled that the drug and it’s religious users under narrow circumstances, can use the drug as a religious sacrament. In America, currently, the two drugs that courts have provided religious exemptions for drug use by bona fide adherents, are for peyote and ayahuasca.

    In the more recent ayahuasca case that made its way to SCOTUS, with cannabis clearly in mind, the justices created a ‘test’ for whether or not a drug can enjoy religious exemption by establishing the standard that the drug can not already be in mass use, across a broad spectrum of society; that the drug use qualifies if only engaged in by a relatively small and distinguishable group of adherents.

    The prohibition of cannabis is such a failure, and the use of the herbal drug so popular, that by definition cannabis will not pass the legal litmus created by the court’s majority.

    Continuous legal challenges brought by reformers might at some point sway lower courts, then appellate courts, to allow cannabis as a religious sacrament. However, the most expedient and comprehensive way to insure religious tolerance for cannabis use as a sacrament is to end cannabis prohibition chiefly, or, in compromise, pass legislation expressly recognizing cannabis as a religious sacrament, thereby providing courts the necessary guidance to unquestioningly recognize ganja as such.]

  15. In another poll, the one that counts, 6 out of 10 New Jersey adults Favored Christie for Governor. Now Christie didn’t change his mind about pot since then. I doubt many of the pot smokers have changed their mind since then. Anyone see where I’m going with this.

  16. @ editor;
    Is THAT where we are? The 1st amendment and religious rights? Because illegal search and seizures wasn ‘t obvious enough what with civil asset forfeitures without due process and the DEA’s SOD program with “parallel evidence”?
    In a wicked world where a man in Indiana begins a Church of Cannabis immediately after laws permit the religious expression with consumption of the schedule 1 substance, or where in Texas 70,000 people per year are incarcerated for non violent possession of marijuana by a Republucan Controlled legislature that had 1 Libertarian Republican, David Simpson, even pass through committee a bill to repeal marijuana prohibition as the plant “comes from God,” we are left to examine the religious right to commune with God with our most sacred herb…
    Ok…
    So here it is;
    Genesis: “God made all seed bearing plants and herbs to use.”

    Sulah Benet, in her book “Early Diffusions and Folk History of Hemp,” wrote that the etymology of the 4 th ingredient of the sacred anointing oils ordained by Moses in the book of Exodus 30:23 was in fact not “calabus” as translated from Aramaic to the Greek Septuigant translation of the Bible or “fragrant cane” in the new testament versions, but in fact “cannabis,” for which the holy healing oils were prescribed. Therefore Jesus, when he took the Holy Healing oils from the priests and Kings and gave it to the sick and imprisoned was providing, after all, a variety of cannabis ( probably both a mildly psychoactive variety of Sativa and perhaps a more psychoactive strain of Indica, introduced to ancient Ethiopia to Jerusalem by way of the Red Sea from India), as an instrument of healing, enlightenment and holy communion with the Creator.

    Even the word “incense” in Exodus 30:27 and 30:34 is subject to ethnobotanical analysis in reference to cannabis. What is “gum resin” (Exodus 30:34) but any essential oil from any fragrant plant? The Sofi Tribe from Ethiopia was known in Biblical times to carry insence infused with an Indica variety of cannabis which they carried up the Nile river for trade, barter and their own communion with God. Ethiopian Coptic Christians carry on this tradition to this day. Egyptians still burn an insence of hashish as well as a traditional way to consume marijuana for spiritual or religious purposes.

    From this anthroplogical perspective, we are left to wonder what the “burning bush ” was made of in Exodus 3:2, from when God speaks to Moses to send him to the Pharaoh “to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10. We read that it was “a fire that did not burn up,” Exodus 3:2, so did the Jewish people discover a vaporizer? How does an “angel of the Lord appear to him in flames of fire from within a burning bush” and yet “the bush does not burn up.”?

    There is an ongoing narrative in the Bible regarding unjust incarceration, and the prohibition of religious freedom, speech or even a “clean” blessing for what we consume;

    Mark13:11, “Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”

    Mark: 7:18 and Mathew 15:16; “Are you so dull?” (Jesus asked) “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? (19) For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”)

    (And this one can be directed at Trump and his “great wall of Mexico”;)
    Mathew 23:26: “Blind Pharasee! First clean the inside of the cup and the outside will also be clean.”

    (The following quote I offer to all asset forfeitures without due process):
    Mathew 16:26 “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”

    Here is a prayer for the Governor of Maryland who vetoed legal marijuana paraphanalia and yet recently was diagnosed with cancer:
    Mathew 5:45: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (46) “If you love those who love you what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?”

    Jesus heals the sick: A prayer to the people of Syria growing marijuana while ISIS uproots their harvest, and to those suffering from seizures and neurodegenerative disease;
    Mathew4:24; “News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.”

    To those wrongfully imprisoned by the drug war;
    Mathew 25:39: “When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” (40) “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.”

  17. Okay, so I’m being somewhat facetious about Moses discovering a marijuana vaporizer… ( Although it ‘s not entirely unfeasable as the early Jewish people used sonnas for communal purposes, throwing water on to heated rocks to inhale the vapor… The “incence” was around, and was used ceremonialy as well).
    Still, wording it this way sounds better than “the burning bush in the Cave of Moses”… 🙂

  18. “The prohibition of cannabis is such a failure, and the use of the herbal drug so popular, that by definition cannabis will not pass the legal litmus created by the court’s majority.”

    That is freaking retarded, so the more popular your religion is, effectively, the less rights you have to your sacrament??? Because people find marijuana enjoyable and medicinal useful, it cannot also be a sacrament??? So fake ass bullshit is perfectly fine to use in religions, but things that actually are gifts from God everyone can use should be banned??? This is retarded and must be overturned. I get what they mean, but they are freaking wrong have not thought it through. Just one more excuse for not doing their jobs as Justices when it comes to marijuana, they choose to re-enforce their own biases instead.

    On the other hand, I have been fairly impressed by the series of good rulings of late.

  19. You have to hand it to Christie, despite all of the information in support of marijuana reform he is still sticking to his guns. It will undoubtedly be is downfall, and rightfully so, but there is something highly respectable about a corrupt official being honest about his lack of regard for his constituents.

  20. To the editor: Why has the CSA not been struck down as unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause? If the outcomes are demonstrably racist, and the federal grant dollars are the incentive behind it, cannot an argument be successfully made that governement is incapable of ensuring equal protections for all defendants, and therefore the law is invalid?

    And, secondly, playing a bit of what-if, what are the odds of President Obama exercising executive authority – after the election – and rescheduling or even removing it from the schedule entirely? We all know there would be loud resistance from congress, but that would be the point. Such a move would force Congress to finally reckon with this, once and for all, and legalization would very likely be the result.

    If California passes a legalization measure, and if the digusting activities of the Responsible Ohio fruad succeed, we will then have well over 25% of the nation’s citizens in a fully legal environment. There will be very little the squawkers in Congress could do beyond regulating it at that stage, no?

    [Editor’s note: The empirical data that reflects disparate law enforcement of cannabis prohibition laws are consistent and stark enough that civil rights groups like ACLU and NAACP are looking into launching equal protection lawsuits at possibly county, state or federal level.

    One downside to such a lawsuit is that the legal ‘relief’ is often law enforcement harassing more non-minorities to try to reach per capita parity in arrests among races.

    Obama still could move for cannabis to be rescheduled in his remaining time in office. It is possible.

    At some point, enough states will have deviated from the federal government’s failed cannabis prohibition that the Congress and Executive Branch will have to say ‘uncle’.]

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