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A New Jersey lawmaker wants to punish parents if their children raid their legal weed stash and edibles.
Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, a Morris County Republican, said criminal penalties in the form of a disorderly person offense should be levied against irresponsible parents who don’t secure their weed and cannabis stashes.
When the red states see the green
Montana is not the first red state to embrace recreational marijuana. Alaska, although republican-leaning, has embraced marijuana decriminalization for decades. Then in 2014 Alaska became the third state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana.
Since its legalization in 2014, recreational marijuana has steadily increased in popularity over time. In 2020, the state of Alaska collected 24.2 million dollars in marijuana taxes and fees according to the state of Alaska annual report.
Take a look at the three polls released on the topic in 2021:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Friday said arguments against legalizing marijuana are increasingly unpopular, urging members of his party to switch their positions.
Gaetz was one of five Republicans to vote for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which the House passed on Friday.
The bill would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances and would expunge certain marijuana convictions. It's the first time either chamber of Congress has taken such a step.
New Jersey: Public Question 1 would legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults 21 and older, and task the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission with regulating the legal system for marijuana production and sales. The measure is open-ended on several fronts, including regulations, taxes, and home-growing, instead leaving it to the state legislature to work out the details. The legislature placed the measure on the ballot after it failed to pass its own legalization bill.
Likely voters support the referendum by a 61%-29% margin, with just 10% of New Jerseyans still undecided.
Republicans are backing the referendum by a 52%-40% margin. Among Democrats, approval is at 71%-20%, and it’s at 57%-29% among independents.
The referendum is at 64%-28% among white, non-Hispanic voters, and at 58%-29% among non-white voters, the poll says. Voters over age 55 are backing the legalization of marijuana by a 51%-40% margin; 77% of voters ages 18-34 are in favor of it.
Seventy-two percent of Democrats, 65 percent of Independents, and 56 percent of Republicans expressed support for the ballot question in the latest poll. Overall, only 29 percent of New Jerseyans opposed the measure.
Despite the passionate and emotional pleas from those who support the legalization of recreational marijuana, the Ocean County Board of Freeholders was undeterred in its opposition.
The five-member, all-Republican board on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution against a proposed amendment to the New Jersey state constitution on the ballot in the fall election that would allow adults — who are at least 21 — to be able to purchase and consume pot in a similar regulated way as alcohol.
New Jersey’s Republican county chairs are united in their opposition to a ballot measure on marijuana legalization.
The Republican County Chairmen’s Association on Thursday unanimously voted to adopt a resolution opposing the referendum and urging their supporters to vote it down.
“We also are strongly opposed to using our State’s constitution to legalize pot. Pro-pot legislators couldn’t get a bill passed, so, instead, they’re trashing our constitution,” Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango said.
There’s a gaping budget hole caused by an economy in tatters.
There’s growing voter support and some assurance that the issue is no longer political poison. And there are tax windfalls, potentially huge revenues to be gleaned, if a bill can win bipartisan support in Harrisburg.
For those reasons, some Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are coming around — if slowly — to the idea of legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use.
The reasons are not hard to discern.