New Jersey Holds Hearing on Marijuana Legalization

In May, New Jersey State Senator Nick Scutari (D-Union) introduced a recreational marijuana plan that aimed to tax and regulate the plant. Today, Scutari is leading a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Trenton on Bill S3195, including sessions with medical professionals and members of law enforcement from both sides of the debate.

Scutari, who is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has long been a proponent of ending cannabis prohibition in New Jersey. With legalization opponent and current Governor Chris Christie on his way out of office in January, Scutari wants to establish a solid knowledge base among his voting peers ahead of a crucial November election.

“Now is the time to begin shaping New Jersey’s recreational marijuana program,” Scutari explained in a statement. “We will have a new governor next year and we should be prepared to move forward with a program that ends the prohibition on marijuana and that treats our residents fairly and humanely.”

In less than five months, New Jersey voters will decide whether current Republican Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who sides with Gov. Christie on marijuana, or Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, a…

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