New Jersey Governor Is ‘Highly Confident’ Marijuana Legalization Referendum Will Pass

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) says he is “highly confident” that voters will approve a marijuana legalization referendum that’s on the ballot Tuesday. And while the legislature will still have to pass an enabling bill to regulate the market, that is currently being “baked,” he said in an interview early in the day. The governor said he honestly didn’t mean to make that marijuana-related pun but that it unintentionally slipped out as he shared his thoughts about the prospects of passing the reform on Election Day. “I don’t have any insight into the ballots. We allowed county clerks to begin counting them a week ago Saturday, but the penalties for disclosing what’s on those ballots is very high. But the public polling continues to be overwhelmingly in favor,” he said, referencing the slew of surveys showing support for the policy change in the mid-60s. “I’m highly confident that today we will achieve a great milestone, and it is overwhelmingly a step toward, at long last, social justice,” he said. “We inherited when I came into office the widest white, non-white gap of persons incarcerated in America and the overwhelming reason was low-end drug crimes. And please, God, we will…

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