New Jersey: Senate Leaders Propose 2020 Legalization Ballot Measure

Trenton, NJ: Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Nicholas Scutari, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced plans this week to place a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot to legalize and regulate adult cannabis use.

“This initiative will bring cannabis out of the underground so that it can be controlled to ensure a safe product, strictly regulated to limit use to adults, and have sales subjected to the sales tax,” they said in a joint press release. “We will move forward with a plan that helps correct social and legal injustices that have had a discriminatory impact on communities of color. We can make real progress toward social justice at the same time cannabis is made safe and legal.”

According to a statewide Monmouth University poll released this year, 62 percent of New Jersey adults support legalizing personal use quantities of cannabis and 80 percent approve of it being sold at licensed retail outlets.

Legislative efforts to enact a system of regulated marijuana sales stalled after the proposal failed to obtain sufficient support to pass a Senate floor vote.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.