New Jersey ‘Can’t Fail’ At Marijuana Legalization, Governor Says At Fundraiser For Referendum Campaign

New Jersey ‘Can’t Fail’ At Marijuana Legalization, Governor Says At Fundraiser For Referendum Campaign

The governor of New Jersey is continuing his campaign to promote a marijuana legalization referendum that is on the state’s November ballot, and he stressed on Thursday that the state “can’t fail” at enacting the policy change this round after the legislature failed to get it done this past session. The comments came at a virtual fundraiser during which a key state lawmaker also said legislative leaders well on their way to finalizing a companion bill to enact detailed cannabis regulations—potentially as soon as the first week of November—if voters approve the ballot question. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) made the case during the fundraising event for the pro-legalization coalition NJ CAN 2020 that criminalization has been enforced in a racially disparate manner, and regulating sales could provide revenue for programs such as housing, childcare and education. “There’s no denying this is the right thing to do,” the governor said. He and lawmakers “wanted to do it legislatively,” he said. “We came close—not quite. Now it’s on the ballot. We can’t fail folks. We’ve got to make sure that this passes, and it will transform our state.” “We will do this responsibly. We’ll do this the right way,” he said. “We’ll do it in a way that addresses, head-on, the social justice issues and creates the kind of opportunities that we’re now robbing from too many of our fellow residents.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D), who previously sponsored a legalization proposal in the state Senate, said at the event…

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