A ballot initiative is picking up steam in New Jersey, which would legalize recreational cannabis for adults 21 and over. November 3, voters in the state will decide if the prohibition of cannabis should end at the state level.
Public Question 1 would amend the state constitution to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and its cultivation, processing and retail sales. The bill would reform the state’s existing Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), currently over the medical cannabis system, to regulate both medical and recreational cannabis industries.
So far, polls suggest the bill is on course to be passed in New Jersey, with voter support at nearly two-to-one.
Retail cannabis sales would be subject to a sales tax of 6.625 percent, and local municipalities will have the option to tack on another two percent in local tax.
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A poll was conducted on Oct 9. by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) and found that approximately 61 percent of voters said they plant on voting yes on the initiative. Only 29 percent of voters said they will or have already voted no on the bill.
FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins explained that the bill has good chances. “Public opinion on this issue has evolved considerably. Just a few years ago, in 2018, we asked about recreational marijuana legalization and found support that was well beneath a majority, let alone anything that approached the support we’re seeing today,” Jenkins told NJ.com.
This represents a dramatic shift in the public’s perception of cannabis in New Jersey—a shift seen only during the last two years. Support for recreational cannabis has risen nearly 20 points since 2018, the last time the question was proposed in a poll.
Voters in Arizona, Montana and South Dakota will be voting on similar measures to legalize recreational cannabis in their states.