Marijuana legalization to be in NJ voters' hands in 2020

TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Voters in New Jersey will get to decide whether or not recreational marijuana will be legal in the state for people 21 and older. A bill passed in both the Assembly and Senate to put the question on the November ballot.

Democratic Sen. Nicholas Scutari is one of the supporters.

"I think it is obviosly the right time to put it before voters to allow them to have their say, whether or not what we have been talking about for all these years is the right way to go, which is to legalize marijuana in the state New Jersey. So that's why I support it," he said.

"You cannot overdose on marijuana. You cannot die from using marijuana. No matter how strong it is, it won't kill you. You may feel like you're going to die, but you won't die. But how many times have we heard the horror stories of individuals dying at college from overindulgence of alcohol, but yet we do nothing about that?"

Then there were other senators, like Republican Robert Singer, who got up to talk about why they think legal weed would be bad.

"This is one of the most dangerous things you are doing to this state. We are the most densly populate state, most crowded roads in the country, and we're going to put thousands of people who smoke marijuana on those roads. You think they're not going to smoke and drive? You're kidding yourself," Singer said.

"When we're the state that sells marijuana, and New York and Pennsylvania and Delaware and Connecticut don't, where are all those people going to come to buy their marijuana, smoke it, use it and get on the roads? New Jersey. That's a fact."

Some senators said that, while they are against legalizing marijuana, they are in favor of letting the voters decide. They just hope those voters will be fully educated on the subjuct by the time the 2020 election rolls around.

If marijuana becomes legal, it could be taxed by the state.