I support the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana sales to adults.
Legalization will allow us to reinvest directly in our communities.
These investments will pay dividends far greater than the cost of mass incarceration.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 10, 2018
Gov. Murphy then tweeted today on the need to ‘open the doors to economic opportunity” for those “jailed for non-violent drug-related offenses.
Promoting Legal New Jersey Weed
We must recommit to opening the doors to economic opportunity for thousands of residents jailed for non-violent drug-related offenses.
Our current system has failed and put a mark on too many people, preventing them from furthering their educations or getting jobs.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 11, 2018
However, despite many bills being presented in committees and a traveling ‘listening tour’ throughout the state, no legal New Jersey weed legislation has come close to reaching the Governor’s desk. It might not any time soon. That does not mean that legal New Jersey weed will never get there.
More advocates must come forward for legal New Jersey weed from across the state so progress can be made.
The fight for New Jersey weed legalization will not be easy. There are many opposed to it. However, there are many more who are in favor of legal New Jersey cannabis sales. They represent all walks of life. However, they must unite to fight.
NJCBA Cannabis Event
The New Jersey Cannabusiness Association hosted a networking and legislative update event in Belmar on Wednesday night on the legal New Jersey cannabis process. President Scott Rudder addressed the audience of about 50 professionals hoping to work within the industry. He expressed optimism and said, “If not by the end of June, we need to see a bill by the end of this year. I am hopeful. Things get done in June in the legislature as the budget approaches and deals need to get made.”
Support continues to grow across the country through evident through polls. A growing list of 2020 likely presidential candidates support the Marijuana Justice Act at the federal level. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) joined on to co-sponsor the bill today.
The fact is, marijuana laws are not applied and enforced in the same way for all people. That’s why I’ve signed onto @CoryBooker’s Marijuana Justice Act to make marijuana legal at the federal level. It’s the smart thing to do. pic.twitter.com/JD5qqm0bfU
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 10, 2018