The state’s next governor wants to legalize pot.
Phil Murphy’s victory in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday means Democrats now control the state government, from the legislature to the governor’s mansion. And that’s good news for one policy issue: marijuana legalization.
Murphy ran on legalizing marijuana — not just for medical uses, which is already legal in New Jersey, but recreational use as well. He proposed legalizing pot for anyone who is 21 or older.
“The criminalization of marijuana has only served to clog our courts and cloud people’s futures, so we will legalize marijuana,” Murphy said after he won the Democratic primary. “And while there are financial benefits, this is overwhelmingly about doing what is right and just.”
The legislature seems ready. State Sen. President Stephen Sweeney plans to pass a legalization bill in the first 100 days of Murphy’s administration, according to NJ.com.
“Assuming Murphy wins, it’s full-steam ahead,” state Sen. Nicholas Scutari, a Democrat who sponsored a marijuana legalization bill, told NJ.com.
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