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New Jersey Voters Strongly Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds

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The Garden State is overwhelmingly in support of legalizing marijuana.

New Jersey voters are on board with ending cannabis prohibition by a margin of 62 percent to 33 percent, a new poll shows. That includes strong majorities of Democrats, independents, men, women, whites, nonwhites and every age group except those older than 65.

A whopping 90 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 34 support cannabis legalization.

A separate question in the new Quinnipiac University survey, released on Wednesday, finds that voters support “erasing criminal records for marijuana possession,” 63 percent to 27 percent.

And when it comes to allowing legal marijuana sales in one’s own community, voters are comfortable with that to the tune of 50 percent to 45 percent.

The results of the new poll come just days after New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) said there are enough votes in the legislature to send a legalization bill to the desk of Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who made ending prohibition a centerpiece of his electoral campaign last year.

Senate and Assembly votes are expected next month.

The Quinnipiac poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points.

New Jersey’s Next Governor Promises Marijuana Legalization

Photo courtesy of Brian Shamblen.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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