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    New Jersey Voters Approve Marijuana Legalization Referendum

    New Jersey Voters Approve Marijuana Legalization Referendum

    By Kyle Jaeger
    November 3, 2020

    New Jersey voters have approved a referendum to legalize marijuana, according to a projection from NBC News.

    Lawmakers will still have to pass enabling legislation to implement the legal cannabis system now that voters have signed off on the constitutional amendment, but a key senator who previously introduced a legalization bill said recently that he’s been working with the governor’s office and legislative leaders in recent weeks to finalize it. He said a vote could happen as soon as this month.

    NJ Question 1: Legalize Marijuana
    Last updated: 11/3/2020, 9:51:10 PM
    Yes 1,179,697 67.99%
    No 555,531 32.01%
    1,735,228 votes counted. 38.23% - 44.98% in.
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    Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D), who chairs the body’s Judiciary Committee, said the marijuana program that’s ultimately enacted will largely align with his earlier proposal. That said, he wants to add a retroactive provision to end cannabis-related prosecutions for pending cases in the legislation, which he said could be introduced as early as Thursday.

    The senator floated the idea of allowing the state’s existing medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to adults within a month of the election as recreational regulations are being developed. However, a top regulator for the medical cannabis system promptly shut that suggestion down, stating that patient access could be jeopardized because some existing dispensaries “literally do not even have the space to accommodate the level of demand that personal-use sales would bring.”

    Polling on the legalization measure was strong heading into Election Day, with a series of surveys showing 61 to 66 percent of voters in favor of the policy change.

    “Garden State voters spoke resoundingly. They are demanding their lawmakers end the failed policy of marijuana criminalization, and instead pursue a more sensible path of regulation and legalization,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said.

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    Long overdue.
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