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New Jersey: Statewide Poll Shows Majority Support For Legalizing Marijuana

Thursday, 02 July 2015

New Jersey: Statewide Poll Shows Majority Support For Legalizing Marijuana

New Brunswick, NJ: Nearly six out of ten New Jersey adults favor legalizing the use and sale of marijuana, according to the results of a recently released Rutgers-Eagleton poll.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that they support "legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and over." Thirty-nine percent of respondents oppose legalizing cannabis.

Support for legalization was highest among those age 18 to 34 (67 percent), Democrats (64 percent), and Independents (61 percent). Support was lowest among Republicans (41 percent) and those over the age of 65 (47 percent).

When respondents were asked if they supported regulating marijuana in the same manner as alcohol, support rose to sixty percent.

In a recent appearance on CBS's program Face the Nation, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced that, if elected President, he would use the power of the federal government to prosecute marijuana-related activities in states that have legalized the plant.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.