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Majority Favors New Jersey Marijuana Legalization
Posted by CN Staff on October 10, 2020 at 15:36:47 PT
By Sam Wood, Staff Writer 
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
New Jersey -- Sixty-one percent of likely voters said they would vote or have already voted “yes.” About 29% said they will or have already voted “no.”The measure would allow adults 21 and over to use cannabis recreationally and permit the Garden State to set up a regulated market for the drug. New Jersey already has a medical marijuana program. If adopted, it’s unlikely that marijuana will be available for sale any time soon. State legislators still will have to write regulations to govern the cannabis market, a process that could take up to two years.
The survey was conducted by live callers on both landlines and cell phones from Sept. 30 through Oct. 5 by Braun Research Inc., which randomly sampled 582 likely voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6%.Democrats are the biggest proponents of legalization with 71% of those surveyed giving it their support. Republicans gave the measure more tepid backing — 52% are for it, with 40% against.New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ran on a platform that included legalization.Leading the opposition is a group called Don’t Let NJ Go to Pot.“We’re against the measure. The biggest reason is that when you legalize it it will become more available to underage users,” said Greg Edwards, executive director of Don’t Let NJ Go to Pot. “Kids using marijuana with a high potency THC content are more prone to develop serious mental illness, schizophrenia, and emotional disorders.”Edwards also worries about marijuana-intoxicated drivers.A spokesperson for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, disputes those claims.“The fears that have been put out about legalization before ballot amendments have not turned out to be true. That includes concerns about traffic safety and youth involvement,” said NORML’s Chris Goldstein. There has been no significant increase in either. There’s actually been a decrease in use by youth following legalization. Those points are the crux of the Reefer Madness argument."Industry experts say that marijuana in New Jersey could become a $2 billion market by 2024 and generate about $126 million in tax revenue annually.Previous polls of New Jersey voters on the issue have been conducted by groups associated with the marijuana industry such as NORML or law firms that represent cannabis businesses. Fairleigh Dickinson’s is notable for its lack of industry ties.“Public opinion on this issue has evolved considerably," said Krista Jenkins, the poll director and professor of politics and government at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. “It’s a pretty big jump.”“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,” she said. “Back then, 42% supported what is being proposed today. The legislative maneuver to give voters the say looks like it will wind up with a decisive pro-pot outcome.”Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)Author: Sam Wood, Staff WriterPublished: October 9, 2020Copyright: 2020 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.URL: http://drugsense.org/url/bcbvJ2ngWebsite: http://www.philly.com/Contact: Inquirer.Letters phillynews.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #13 posted by afterburner on October 19, 2020 at 14:15:01 PT
Voting in a Pandemic 
My Ballot is in the mail. BTW, the debate I watched online suggested going to candidates' websites. I also found college and library websites. I checked all candidates in the Non-Partisan section and found some testimonials, as well as accomplishments and aspirations. That somewhat incomplete information allowed me to distinguish between or among various candidates. If Absentee Voter Ballots are used more in future elections, we need earlier details from candidates and their prospective offices, so that we can return ballot mail in time to be received and counted at the polls. 
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Comment #12 posted by afterburner on October 18, 2020 at 12:43:56 PT
FoM #9
I agree. I filled out my ballot today. However, signing my signature freaks me out. What if it doesn't match my signature already on record at my polling office? I tried practicing and finally decided to wait until tomorrow when I send my ballot in. Researching and voting the ballot has exhausted me, and I have to go to work soon. 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on October 18, 2020 at 06:19:15 PT
The GCW
I am not sure what country would want him but I wouldn't mind at all if he does go somewhere else. I am so tired of hate.
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on October 17, 2020 at 18:01:15 PT
Scrape, scrape, scrape.
There was mention that if t doesn't win, he may leave the country.-0-Ponder that!Like: -not even an American. Sharpen Your scraper and scrape. Scrape the scum. The last bits of scum You have not been able to rid of is the scum of t.By saying he would rid Us of the scum:he said he would get rid of himself and has failed. We are left with scum in chief.I predict good people will get the job done.Cockroaches could do better.Goodbye, don't ever come back. Stay away. God help Us. Turn off his microphone. Remove his platform. God, don't ever let this happen again.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on October 17, 2020 at 16:11:18 PT
Afterburner
I voted like our country depends on it. I don't think our country as we have known it could recover if Trump gets 4 more years. He would be so empowered the thought scares me.
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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on October 17, 2020 at 10:07:14 PT
Voting Tomorrow 
I was up on the roof cleaning leaves, branches and eves troughs at 7:30 this morning to give me time tomorrow to research and fill out my ballot. God bless America. Seen on a bumper sticker: Wise men still search for Him! 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 17, 2020 at 08:37:57 PT
Hope
I agree about the Supreme Court. I remember when abortion was illegal. I would feel so bad if women who feel they need to have an abortion will have to go the way it was. I am not for abortion but I don't believe it is my right to make that decision for a another woman. It should be between her, her doctor and her God if she believes in Him.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on October 17, 2020 at 08:33:25 PT
Hope
We voted for the first time absentee and dropped off our vote at the Board of Elections in our County. It was a good feeling. I know this can go either way. I believe in my heart if Biden wins and we keep the House and get the majority in the Senate Cannabis should be federally legalized in a short frame of time and that would be so nice.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on October 16, 2020 at 21:19:13 PT
That Supreme Court business is irritating.
One of those steps backward that we've seen so many of down through the years. Already voted though. It was different than any of the many times I've voted for President before. It was weird. Quietly suffered from a strange sense of panic at the moment. Plus I never voted with a q-tip before. Held my nose, dived in with the q-tip, and did what I had to do anyway. Arrrgh.Looks like when this uproar is done we may have to pick up our pitchforks and torches again. 
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on October 14, 2020 at 18:08:39 PT
RE-Legalizing cannabis is dependent on the camel.
RE-Legalizing cannabis is not dependent on the Supreme Court.It's dependent on the camel.The camel's back is nearing it's capacity to withstand opposing existing laws. It's been a strong camel, and most of Us thought the camel's back would break much sooner but that outcome is inevitable. There is no other option.
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on October 14, 2020 at 10:14:28 PT
Is Anyone Surprised? Will it Affect your Vote?
Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to marijuana's Schedule I status | Leafly.
Leafly Staff.
October 13, 2020
https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/supreme-court-declines-to-hear-challenge-to-marijuanas-schedule-i-status
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on October 11, 2020 at 14:59:59 PT
Joisey,
With no disrespect, which New Jersey has had enough of...I just like saying Joisey...The polling numbers generally agree with how Americans see this issue.I'll congratulate You in advance because You ARE going to win.
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Comment #1 posted by Hope on October 11, 2020 at 13:22:46 PT
Good article.
Throws it all out there on the table.
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