New Jersey is inching closer and closer to potentially legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
According to a poll, it seems likely that voters in the state will decide to legalize recreational marijuana this November.
New Jersey voters support the ballot question two-to-one, hinting that the state could see a legal weed market in the near future, says a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll that was released earlier this month.
According to FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins, roughly 61% of likely voters plan to or have already voted yes on the ballot question, which would legalize recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older and the cultivation and sale of marijuana. Another 29% of voters will or have already voted no.
“Public opinion on this issue has evolved considerably. Just a few years ago, in 2018, we asked about recreational marijuana legalization and found support that was well beneath a majority, let alone anything that approached the support we’re seeing today,” said Jenkins.
Jenkins has said that support for the proposed ballot questions has gone up nearly 20 points since 2018.
“The legislative maneuver to give voters the say looks like it will wind up with a decisive pro-pot outcome,” she explained.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is a proponent of recreational marijuana being legalized and has called on voters to vote yes.
Even if the measure passes the state Legislature will still have to pass legislation that will guide the industry.