New Jersey Should Legalize Marijuana

By Amol Sinha, Executive Director, ACLU of New Jersey

Close up of a pile of marijuana bud

New Jersey stands at a crossroads on a defining civil rights struggle of our time: the enforcement of unjust marijuana possession laws. Each year, New Jersey police have set new records for marijuana possession arrests, making the largest number ever in 2015: 24,985. Enforcement of marijuana prohibition exacerbates deep racial disparities in our criminal justice system and costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

All of this for a substance that the majority of New Jerseyans and Americans — in both major political parties — believe should be legal.

Full story:  ACLU blog.