US (NJ): "More than half of election candidates would support progressive cannabis approach"

More than half of this year’s candidates are likely to support a ‘progressive’ approach to cannabis if elected, a campaign group has claimed.

Simon Harrison, co-ordinator for End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey, said that 14 of the candidates they have met so far are supportive of either decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis, and 37 are receptive to a ‘progressive’ approach – meaning they or their party would potentially support some type of reform to current laws. The group, which formed in May 2020, has not yet met all 93 candidates.

End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey has set out five key recommendations which it would like to see from the next Assembly, including prioritizing a long-awaited new Drug and Alcohol Strategy, which did not come before the current States.

The group is also calling for the decriminalization of possession of cannabis and to investigate the legalization of cannabis.

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