Kevin Smith loves many things – movies, comics, field hockey. But there are few things he talks about as passionately as his home state New Jersey and his love of cannabis smoking. In his films he often combines both, which goes back to his 1994 debut film Clerks, which introduced the iconic recurring characters of the smoking lazy Jay and Silent Bob and is set in Garden State.
On Tuesday night, Smith went on Twitter to celebrate the news that voters in New Jersey have approved the electoral measure allowing recreational use of adult marijuana.
Smith tweeted the following congratulatory post and at the same time shared a message from the state governor, Phil Murphy, who excitedly announced the news:
Jay and Silent Bob, who have been leaning against the Quick Stop wall and smoking weed all these years, never dreamed that this day would be possible! Congratulations to the good people of the great state of New Jersey for legalizing marijuana! The Garden State is finally green! https://t.co/EXKgQhNhzU
– KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 4, 2020
Mississippi, South Dakota, Montana and Arizona also adopted similar measures regarding marijuana on Tuesday. However, this vote marks only the first step in the process of changing a state’s policy. The next step is for state legislators to create regulatory structures. The five states that voted on Tuesday to approve the recreational use of marijuana join 11 other states that have currently legalized the total adult consumption of marijuana in the U.S. More than half of the states in the country now have medical cannabis laws.
New Jersey is one such state where medical use is already legal. After the state legislators failed to pass a bill to fully legalize marijuana in May 2019, they agreed to put the question directly to voters on Tuesday: “Do you agree to a constitutional amendment to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called ‘cannabis’?
The move to legalize marijuana in New Jersey is putting pressure on neighboring New York and Pennsylvania to take a similar step, although the pandemic is being blamed for slowing down these efforts. In addition to this conversation, the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, tweeted his congratulations to New Jersey, while also stating that it was New York’s turn to follow suit.
Congratulations, NJ! This is an incredible step forward in criminal justice reform and will give a huge boost to the economy.
New York, you are on. Let us take care of this.https://t.co/LcqlTdZNgh
– Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 4, 2020
Other celebrities went on Twitter on Tuesday to encourage voters to support legalization where it was on the ballot, including the singer/rapper SZA. Meanwhile, one of Hollywood’s most notorious marijuana advocates, Tommy Chong, also encouraged fans to cast the green vote.
Today is the day. #Vote https://t.co/9NgZuSWYFU
– Tommy Chong (@tommychong) November 3, 2020
Marijuana was not the only drug that found itself more socially accepted in this election cycle-or at least lost its legal restrictions. Magic mushrooms, or technically speaking the hallucinogenic drug they contained (psilocybin), became legal in Oregon. With this election, the state became the first in the country to legalize the drug. Elsewhere, residents of the District of Columbia voted to decriminalize the use of magic mushrooms and other psychedelic substances, including the active ingredients in ayahuasca and peyote.