(NEW JERSEY) – The NJ CAN 2020 campaign released the following statement in response to New Jersey passing Public Question 1, calling on the legislature to immediately propose and pass enacting legislation to make voters wishes a reality:

 “New Jersey voters have mandated an end to cannabis prohibition, and they have voiced thei support for building an equitable, just market in place of unfair and outdated drug laws. Our legislators must immediately enact legislation, with a central focus on social justice and racial equity, to deliver the economic benefits and improved public safety to follow from the new law.”

Early polling showed public support for the measure upwards of 72% and nearly three-quarters of state voters also supported ending the collateral consequences of cannabis arrests.

The diverse coalition of New Jersey organizations and individuals launched back in March to educate voters and residents about the ballot question. The coalition included representatives from public safety, medical, civil rights, faith, industry, legal, labor, political, and criminal justice reform groups.

NJ CAN saw this ballot measure as a pivotal opportunity to foster economic and workforce development, advance racial and social justice, and create new tax revenue streams for local and state governments.

Legalization will occur on January 1, 2021. However, the New Jersey legislature must draft and enact a law, as well as create regulations, to govern the new adult-use cannabis industry.

For more information on NJ CAN 2020, visit https://www.njcan2020.org/

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About NJ CAN 2020

NJ CAN 2020 represents a coalition of New Jersey voters committed to creating fairness in the administration of the state’s marijuana laws and cannabis industry. We want to end the prohibition on marijuana in New Jersey and foster a regulated cannabis market that encourages inclusion for entrepreneurs across the state and creates good jobs and a new taxing authority for local governments when they need it most.