New Jersey voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana next month, after the Democratic-led state legislature fell short of enough votes to get it done.
The ballot measure, if passed, would amend the state constitution to allow people ages 21 and older to use marijuana. It would also allow the state to establish a regulated market to grow, distribute and sell the drug.
All registered voters will be sent ballots this month that they can either mail in or drop off at specific sites. There is no early in-person voting in the state.
If the measure is approved, New Jersey would become the 12th state in the U.S. along with Washington, D.C., to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. The state has already legalized medical marijuana.
The ballot question became the fallback option for advocates of legalization after legislation stalled in Trenton. The New Jersey Senate, controlled by Democrats, scuttled a scheduled vote on a bill legalizing the substance in 2019 after lawmakers failed to secure enough support to pass it. The Democratic-led state Assembly also demurred when it became clear there was no path to approval in the Senate. [Read more at The Wall Street Journal]