NEW JERSEY: Eighteen months after proposing a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey, state Sen. Nicholas Scutari will preside over a hearing Monday that allows only supporters to testify.
“I am going to start positive, then open up the floor to the people are against it,” said Scutari (D-Union). Opponents will get their turn at a future hearing, he said.
With a governor who firmly opposes legalizing recreational marijuana use, there is plenty of time to give everybody who wants to speak out a chance to do so, he said. He admits he thinks opponents offer “shallow arguments” to make their point.
“A journey of a thousand steps starts with the first,” said Scutari, who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the hearing. “The first step was introducing the bill and this is the natural next step — to talk about the benefits of legalization and the negative impact prohibition has had.”