New Jersey Votes To Approve Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Election Day in New Jersey lead to victories for Joe Biden and Cory Booker and marijuana!

Legalizing of marijuana was strongly endorsed by Gov. Phil Murphy, who tweeted after the projections came in saying, "We did it, New Jersey! Public Question #1 to legalize adult-use marijuana passed overwhelmingly tonight, a huge step forward for racial and social justice and our economy. Thank you to @NJCAN2020 and all the advocates for standing on the right side of history."

This means marijuana will be legal for anyone 21 years of age or older in the state.

Steve Hawkins, the executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said the approval was a "great day for New Jersey."

“The passage of this ballot measure positions New Jersey to take the lead in the Northeast and will push neighboring states, like New York and Pennsylvania, to take action on marijuana legalization,” Hawkins added. “This is a victory for social justice given that Black residents of New Jersey are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white residents despite similar usage rates.”

New Jersey was one of five states that voted on marijuana legalization, in addition to Arizona, Mississippi, Montana and South Dakota. Polls in the state showed about 60 percent of people supported legalization. New Jersey would join the District of Columbia and 11 other states if voters approve the constitutional amendment.

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