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A recent poll conducted by the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University showed that most New Jersey residents are very unhappy with the state’s tax rates. Survey respondents were given a number of proposals for consideration for tax relief and their opinion of each. By far the most popular choice by residents is legalizing and using the revenue from legal cannabis for tax relief.

“It is not surprising that residents are upset about what they pay in taxes, given that New Jersey is one of the highest-taxed states in the country,” said Dr. Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Three quarters either “strongly” (60 percent) or “somewhat” (16 percent) support taxing the sale of recreational marijuana if it were to be made legal. At the time this poll was conducted, 53 percent favored legalizing recreational marijuana, in general.

As recently as this week, both Senate President Steve Sweeney and Governor Murphy continue to show support for legalization in New Jersey. Adult-use of cannabis is expected to be a topic in today’s budget address.

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