A state lawmaker has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, despite vocal opposition from Governor Christie. Senator Nicholas Scutari unveiled the bill at a news conference in the state capital Monday afternoon. He said he is laying the groundwork to pass the law as soon as Gov. Christie leaves office. The bill would make New Jersey one of a growing number of states to legalize the drug. Scutari said the measure would generate 300-million dollars in new tax revenue.
Currently, marijuana is legal only for treatment of a small group of ailments. Christie recently slammed calls to legalize marijuana as "stupid." Approximately 20-thousand people in New Jersey are arrested each year for illegal possession of the drug.