Race To Legalize: Jersey vs. NY

It seems as if New Jersey is winning the race against New York to legalize recreational cannabis. State Senator Nicholas Scutari introduced a bill to end prohibition against marijuana in the state of New Jersey and is currently coordinating hearings about legalization with both supporters and opposers. 

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Evan Nison, founder of the New York Cannabis Alliance, “both houses [in New Jersey] are Democratic and the leadership is supportive here." Major opposition is still apparent from Governor Chris Christie however, Nilson points out the state spent nearly $130 million in drug enforcement as opposed to Colorado's expected $125 million in revenue this year. He claims there is a race to legalize before New York, saying, “If all of Manhattan has to go to Bergen County to buy cannabis legally, that’s awesome. It’s a race for revenue. I think that will definitely motivate other states to legalize.”