The 2020 election marked a huge turning point in New Jersey history for the legalization of marijuana. On ballots across the Garden State, voters were tasked to respond to many vital questions – one being if adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis legally. Late Tuesday night, New Jerseyans learned the legalization has, in fact, passed.
As reported by the Associated Press, the results so far are as follows: 1,735,733 (66.9%) voted YES, and 857,073 (33.1%) voted NO. 62.56% of precincts were accounted for.
The Public Question 1 appeared on the ballot as:
“Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called ‘cannabis?’ Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis. The state commission created to oversee the state’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. Cannabis products would be subject to the state sales tax. If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.”
New Jersey, along with Arizona, has now been added to the list of 11 states that already legalized marijuana across the nation. Other states where marijuana is fully legal are Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. In this year’s election, South Dakota voters passed one of two legalization ballot measures, resulting in legalizing marijuana medical use. For Mississippi, voters approved an initiative to establish a medical marijuana program for patients with debilitating conditions.
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Governor Murphy stated in September that legalizing marijuana would correct social injustices, spur “massive economic development,” create more jobs, form a new tax revenue for the state, and possibly lead to expunging charges against those who have previously