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Texas and New Jersey Voters Support Marijuana Legalization, Polls Show

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A combo of new polls released on Thursday shows that voters in two key states are resoundingly in support of legalizing marijuana.

In Texas, voters back ending cannabis prohibition by a nearly two-to-one margin of 61 percent to 34 percent.

In New Jersey, adults support legalization 59 percent to 37 percent.

In both states, support is particularly strong among Democrats and independents.

The Texas survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University, showed that 69 percent of both demographics were on board, along with 43 percent of Republicans.

In the New Jersey poll, done by Monmouth University, 65 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents said they support legalizing cannabis. Forty-five percent of GOP respondents were in favor.

There is huge backing for legalization among younger people in both states: 79 percent of 18-34 year-olds in Texas and 69 percent among the same age group in New Jersey.

The New Jersey poll in particular could give a boost to Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned on legalization and included projected cannabis tax revenue in his budget request.

New Jersey Governor Includes Marijuana Legalization In Budget Proposal

The new Garden State survey also found that 60 percent of respondents think legalizing marijuana would help the state’s economy.

Photo courtesy of Chris Wallis // Side Pocket Images.

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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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