With days left, marijuana opponents struggle to raise cash

With just five days remaining until the election, supporters of a referendum that would legalize recreational marijuana have massively outspent and outraised opponents.

Two pro-legalization groups raised nearly $2.1 million through Oct. 20, while the Don’t Let NJ Go to Pot, the lone group opposing the legalization ballot question, has raised just $9,913, according to the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

“Assuming all available funds are spent, the marijuana ballot question already ranks eighth among the top ten most expensive public referenda in the Garden State,” ELEC Executive Director Jeff Brindle said.

NJ CAN 2020, a pro-legalization group backed by the New Jersey Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, raised nearly $1.1 million through Oct. 20, its fundraising buoyed in part by a $200,000 donation from the NJ ACLU.

The Building Stronger Communities Action Fund, a pro-marijuana group backed by Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, raised just over 1 million.


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