New Jersey residents will decide whether to legalize marijuana in the Garden State, after both houses of the state Legislature voted Monday to put the question on the 2020 ballot.

The measure passed the state Senate in a 24-16 vote at the Statehouse in Trenton on Monday afternoon, while the state Assembly voted 49-24 with one abstention.

“People actually smoke marijuana every day," said state Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, a sponsor of the proposal. “Can you believe it? But until your relative gets arrested over this substance that is widely used in this state and country” some people will not (be) understanding why this is so important.

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Amanda Hoover  ~ NJ Advance Media for NJ.com ~