According to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released on June 18, 2015, more than half of New Jersey residents – 58% – support legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana for adults. “The trend in New Jersey mirrors the nation as support for legalizing marijuana continues to grow,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and professor of political science at Rutgers University.
“The question we asked this year is more specific than in the past, specifying that legalization would come with taxes and regulation and would apply to adults 21 and over. That likely accounts for some of the jump from 49 percent support a year ago to 58 percent today. But no matter how it is asked, we have seen a long-term trend in support.”
The poll also found 27 percent of people “strongly opposed” to legalizing marijuana, and 12 percent were “somewhat opposed”.
Over 22,000 people were arrested in 2010 for marijuana possession in the state of New Jersey, costing the state more than $125 million.
This poll shows a significant majority of New Jersey residents believe in changing this policy so that marijuana can be legally taxed and regulated for adults-in the same way that alcohol is.
However, you must be aware that marijuana is currently still illegal in the state of New Jersey and the police strongly enforce the drug laws.