Legalization backers dominate marijuana ballot question spendingPosted by On

Nearly $1.3 million in campaign contributions have been raised in connection with the marijuana legalization question on the ballot in New Jersey, nearly all of it by groups advocating for the passage of the constitutional amendment.

The Building Stronger Communities Action Fund has raised $700,100, and the NJ CAN 2020 campaign has raised $574,558, according to initial disclosure reports filed with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission. The group Don’t Let NJ Go to Pot has raised $9,688 to oppose the question.

“Of course, that doesn’t include $4 million in terms of direct lobbying that took place prior to the introduction of the ballot question,” said ELEC executive director Jeff Brindle. “So, all together in terms of lobbying and efforts in terms of the ballot question itself, a little over $5 million has been spent.”

In all, proponents of legalization have raised more than $131 for every $1 raised by opponents.

While the imbalance may be extreme, Brindle said the…

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