Legalized Recreational Marijuana Soon in the Garden State?

On November 7, 2017, Democrat Phil Murphy was elected Governor of New Jersey. While campaigning, Murphy’s platform included “[legalizing] marijuana so police can focus resources on violent crime.” Indeed, in his victory speech, he pledged his support for legalization of recreational marijuana use, citing both economic and social justice reasons. Murphy has called attention to the frequency and cost of Marijuana arrests in New Jersey, and the 3:1 racial disparity in such arrests. In addition, he has incorporated an estimated tax revenue from the sale of marijuana into his fiscal proposals.

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