New Jersey Legalization Efforts Take to the Skies

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This Labour Day weekend, New Jersey cannabis advocates took flying high to a whole new level.

Their message urging state residents to vote yes on cannabis legalization was simple and hard to miss — it was written on banners pulled by two single-engine prop planes and flown across the skies.

The planes, hired by two different organizations, were flying for about three hours on Saturday over South Jersey beaches while Labor-day revelers looked on, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Jersey residents are set to vote on a ballot measure on November 3 that will allow cannabis sales to adults over 21 across the state.

Advocates are hoping that the flying banners will raise awareness about the upcoming ballot

Even though a recent poll showed 66% of 500 Jersey voters are in favor of the measure, legalization supporters are not taking any chances and are doing their best to remind people to vote “yes.”

One of the planes was hired by Ellie Siegel, an attorney and cannabis business consultant. The other was engaged by Chris Visco, president of TerraVida Holistic Centers — a chain of Philadelphia medical cannabis dispensaries.

Cannabis legalization would raise tax revenue and help create jobs like it’s done for other US states that already allow adult-use weed, NJ Gov. Phil Murphy stated in an interview back in July.

He added that legalization will also help address social injustice issues, including the “overwhelming percentage” of people of color “nailed” by the state’s criminal justice system.

Last weekend’s airborne pot messages were just the start of legalization efforts. Jersey weed advocates are planning a full-on campaign to ensure that cannabis legalization in the Garden State becomes a reality.