New Jersey Senator Nicholas Scutari will hold a press conference next Monday to formally introduce a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis. “We’re not delusional about how simple the effort [will] be,” says Senator Scutari. “But I think from a standpoint of moving this state and this country forward on its archaic drug laws, I think it’s a step in the right direction.”The proposed measure will be modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64; it will legalize the possession and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for those 21 and older.
New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney says that he’s “open to the idea” and praises Scutari for having “the courage to talk about marijuana”. According to recent polls, 59% of those in New Jersey support the legalization of cannabis.