Election Results: 2020 New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Legalization Amendment

New Jersey voted on Constitutional Amendment SCR183 in the 2020 election, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Now, with 63% of precincts reporting, The Associated Press and The New York Times project Constitutional Amendment SCR183 will pass by a wide margin.

The state is the first in the Mid-Atlantic to legalize recreational cannabis, and may influence surrounding states such as New York and Connecticut to follow suit.

Here’s a quick breakdown of New Jersey’s recreational cannabis amendment:

  • It will legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and older
  • It will legalize retail cannabis cultivation, processing, and sale
  • Specific cannabis taxes are prohibited, but cannabis products will be subject to regular state sales tax
  • The New Jersey legislature will authorize an agency (likely the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, who currently regulates the state’s medical marijuana program) to regulate adult-use cannabis

The amendment would take effect January 1st, 2021.