New Jersey Senator Nicholas Scutari has announced that he will hold a press conference at the State House Monday in order to formally introduce a new 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.”
According to Scutari, the 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.
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 polling released last year, 59% of those in New Jersey support the legalization of cannabis.