If the state Senate were to vote today on whether New Jersey should legalize marijuana for recreational use, the bill would fail, according to a survey by NJ Cannabis Insider, a new NJ Advance Media publication. Only five members of the 40-member Senate said they would vote yes when reached by telephone, in person and by email over the past three weeks.
Sen. Ron Rice doesn’t want to hear marijuana legalization advocates talk about the social justice aspect of their quest; people of color are three times more likely to be in prison for marijuana than white people. So, their argument goes, if you legalize marijuana, all of those people would be out.
Advocates of marijuana legalization in New Jersey say the public hearing was one-sided.