60 Percent of New Jersey Residents Want the State to Finally Go Through With Marijuana Legalization

A lot of eyes are currently on New Jersey to see if they'll become the next state to legalize recreational marijuana. And a new poll says if the people of New Jersey had their way, it definitely would be.

A new poll from Monmouth University found that 60 percent of New Jersey residents support legalizing recreational marijuana and think it would make money for the state. 20 percent said it would have no impact on the state, and only 16 percent said it would hurt the state's economy. This is actually a pretty big difference compared to a poll earlier this year that found that only 49 percent of New Jersey residents supported legalization.

Perhaps it's not too surprising to see this level of support from New Jersey residents. Democrat Phil Murphy was elected governor of the state last November with 56 percent of the vote, and one of his major platforms was legalizing recreational marijuana. Not everyone who voted for Murphy necessarily favors legalization, but it does indicate he has broad support for his platform.

While Murphy initially said he would legalize marijuana within his first 100 days in office, that hasn't been the case. However the New Jersey Senate President recently said he believes he has the votes for recreational legalization and that a vote should take place sometime in November.

(h/t NJ.com)


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