TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he intends to take up the issue of legalizing marijuana in the state as soon as the next governor assumes office in 2018.

The Republican governor has said he believes that medical marijuana, which has been legal in the state since 2010, is a gateway to recreational pot smoking.

Fresh off a trip to Colorado to explore the legal marijuana industry, Sweeney says he and other state lawmakers were impressed with how regulated, safe and profitable the business has been there. 

“The positives are job creation, there’s 28,000 direct jobs that are related from the marijuana industry. There’s an increase in tax revenue, 128 million out there, we would estimate about 250 million in New Jersey,” he told WCBS 880’s John Metaxas said.

Sweeney says legalized marijuana could be a “game-changer” for New Jersey’s economy.

Gov. Chris Christie has long said he will veto any such bill.

“We’ll have this firmed up, ready to go, in the very first quarter of the next administration in ’18,” Sweeney said.

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Comments (2)
  1. Frank J. Santora, it appears that the following paragraphs were written with people like you in mind:

    “The more obvious the failure becomes, the more shamelessly they [the prohibitionists] exhibit their genuine motives. In plain words, what moves them is the psychological aberration called sadism. They lust to inflict inconvenience, discomfort, and whenever possible, disgrace upon the persons they hate — which is to say, upon everyone who is free from their barbarous theological superstitions, and is having a better time in the world than they are.”

    “They cannot stop the use of alcohol, nor even appreciably diminish it, but they can badger and annoy everyone who seeks to use it decently, and they can fill the jails with men taken for purely artificial offences, and they can get satisfaction thereby for the Puritan yearning to browbeat and injure, to torture and terrorize, to punish and humiliate all who show any sign of being happy. And all this they can do with a safe line of policemen and judges in front of them; always they can do it without personal risk.”

    —an extract from “Notes on Democracy” by Henry Louis Mencken, written in 1926, during alcohol prohibition, 1919-1933

  2. Hasn’t the State enough problems without legalizing pot. Sweeney is really stupid for even considering this. The money from taxes, etc is all he sees. Will he fund the cost of the problems legal pot will cause from his own pocket. No, We the tax payers will be stuck with another burden this corrupt government will impose.

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