"South Dakota has made history by becoming the first state to legalize medical marijuana and legalize marijuana for adults on the same day. Furthermore, it is arguably the most conservative state yet to enact marijuana legalization. This victory has added significance at the federal level with top-ranking Republican Senator John Thune now representing a legalization state," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"It comes down to fact that marijuana prohibition has been an abject failure. If you’re not going to punish people harshly for marijuana, then you might as well legalize it to control it and regulate and use revenue for important public services," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"This is a victory for social justice given that Black residents of New Jersey are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white residents despite similar usage rates," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"The passage of this ballot measure positions New Jersey to take the lead in the Northeast and will push neighboring states, like New York and Pennsylvania, to take action on marijuana legalization," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"The conversation starts with the ballot initiatives tonight. That kind of sea change is going to be part of the pressure put on Congress. Change doesn't come from Washington. It comes to Washington," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"11 states have legalized cannabis over the past eight years, and none of them have repealed legislation, so we’re seeing that Americans across the political spectrum have come to understand that marijuana prohibition has failed," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.