New Jersey Voters Don’t Think You Should be Punished for Possessing Pot

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 12:54 pm

As with the rest of the country attitudes towards marijuana policy are shifting rapidly in New Jersey. There is overwhelming support in the state for a full decriminalization of pot. According to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll 65 percent of voters want to eliminate all penalties for the possession of a small amount of marijuana. A [...]

New Jerseyans Overwhelmingly Say Pot is Safer than Tobacco or Alcohol, But Split on Legalization

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 8:13 am

The state of New Jersey is almost evenly divided on whether to legalize marijuana for personal use. According to a new Monmouth University poll, 48 percent of adults in the state think marijuana should be legalized for personal use while 47 percent oppose this change. As with all polling on marijuana legalization there is a [...]

Despite Chris Christie’s Opposition, New Jersey’s Largest Paper Calls Pot Legalization Inevitable

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 12:38 pm

This is a perfect example of how even long-shot bills can effectively help advance an issue. The editorial board at the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, used the introduction of State Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s (D) marijuana legalization bill as a hook for attacking marijuana prohibition. The board pointed out the huge cost of criminalization and [...]

Five Reasons Why Even Long-Shot Marijuana Legalization Bills Matter

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 12:48 pm

On Monday New Jersey state Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) officially introduced a bill to legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol in his state. As long as Chris Christie (R) is governor this bill is effectively doomed but a bill doesn’t need to become law to still have an impact. Political change is often a long-term process [...]

The First Step Towards Reform Is Admitting Failure

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 8:06 am

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie recently admitted that the war on drugs has been a “failure” in a speech at The Brooking Institution. From Huffington Post: “The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure,” Christie said Monday during a speech at The Brookings Institution. “We’re warehousing addicted people everyday in state prisons in New [...]


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