NJ marijuana sales bills advance; RI leaders: Time to legalize; Poll: Legal cannabis support highest ever; What Biden’s win means for reform in 2021
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that the body will hold a floor vote on a bill to federally legalize marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the war on drugs in December. This comes after Democrats planned and then cancelled a September vote on the cannabis proposal.
A new Gallup poll found that 68% of Americans now support legalizing marijuana—the highest number ever recorded since the firm began surveying the issue in 1969—including majorities in every age group for the first time.
83% percent of Democrats are on board, as are 72%of independents. But Republican backing for legal cannabis actually dipped from last year’s bare majority of support and now stands at 48% in favor to 52% against.
The New Jersey Senate Judiciary and Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committees approved legal marijuana sales implementation legislation following last week’s voter passage of a legalization referendum. The panels took extensive testimony from advocates who laid out concerns that the bills do not sufficiently center equity, ban homegrow and fund police.