"I think that a President Biden will be hearing from people of his own cabinet [and] from constituents on the examination of where public attitudes are now, where 67% of the American people—two-thirds—believe that cannabis should be legalized," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"The licensing system is based on a scored, point-based system that seems to require property and local approvals at the time of application. Requiring property at the time of applications — despite the fact that most applicants will presumably never get a license — requires deep pockets and is detrimental to equity goals," said Karen O'Keefe, MPP's director of state policies.
"With each bordering state enacting this policy, it’s going to make it harder and harder for lawmakers in Albany to ignore this issue. And the choice is clear, be pragmatic or hand over millions of dollars of tax revenue to other states," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"New Jersey becomes a critical state in that Mid-Atlantic, Northeast corridor. It's a large population state, yes, but I think it's the key to what happens in the rest of those states in the coming year. There has been a slow start in that section of the country. But with New Jersey passing this ballot initiative, I think that will change," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"The pressure on Congress to regularize banking for the cannabis industry is now being felt across the country. One-third of the national population now lives in jurisdictions that have fully [medicinal and recreational] legalized cannabis," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.