Will New Jersey Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana?

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Will New Jersey Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana?


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Despite the Trump administration’s best efforts to reverse the progress of an Obama-era charge against marijuana prohibition, state-by-state legalization still remains as relevant as ever. Look no further than Vermont’s recent legalization of the plant as proof that states still have the power to make a change. Vermont became the first state to legalize cannabis through a legislative measure, rather than a state-approved ballot initiative, and it’s only a matter of time before other states follow suit. The only question is, who? There is a good chance that it’s New Jersey who will be ushering in a new, post-Chris Christie era. There’s a chance that the biggest benefactor of the Governor’s departure will be cannabis advocates. So, will New Jersey be the next state to legalize marijuana? Let’s take a look at some facts.

A New Era: Will New Jersey Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana?

One of the biggest signals of change has been the election of Democrat Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, and the incumbent Governor of New Jersey. He’s supplanted Christie, a notorious cannabis-detractor, and has already instilled a belief that New Jersey will embrace the plant recreationally.

Murphy wrote on his own campaign website that he believes legalizing cannabis will help allocate police time to more violent, serious crimes, rather than petty marijuana arrests.

“Legalize marijuana so police can focus resources on violent crimes,” Murphy explained.

In addition, Murphy believes the legal pot industry in New Jersey can bring in up to $300 million a year in tax revenue. Jon Whiten, a spokesman for the New Jersey Policy Perspective, believes at this point, it’s more of a “when” and not “if.”

“The uncertainty at this point is how long it will take from the legislation being signed to stores selling product,” said Whiten.

Kate Bell, the New Jersey specialist for the Marijuana Policy Project, believes New Jersey can follow in Oregon’s footsteps and have products on the market by the end of 2019. That would assume a legislative to legalize the plant would have to be approved within the next few months.

“Oregon took two years, and that seems like a reasonable timeline,” said Bell. “Absolute best case scenario, you’re looking at late 2019.”

Furthermore, two major cities in New Jersey recently voiced their approval for recreational Continue Reading

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