New Jersey voters are split down the middle when it comes to legalizing marijuana.
However, they do not support a recreational industry at this time.
A poll at Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press said that 48% of voters support legalizing the possession of marijuana. Voters were less supportive of legalizing a recreational marijuana industry; only 36% were in favor.
While 45% of voters 55 and over favor legalization, 57% of voters younger than 35 support it.
The poll is an important litmus test for a legalization bill there similar to other recreational legalization bills, in that it imposes purchasing maximum limits, requires an age of 21 and allows local municipalities to limit or ban businesses.
Scutari’s bill would earmark tax revenues to pay for improvements to state transportation infrastructure.
Since the bill’s introduction, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has repeatedly voiced his opposition to expanding New Jersey’s current medical marijuana program.