New Jersey Is ‘On The Verge’ Of Implementing Marijuana Legalization, Governor Says In State Of The State Speech

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The governor of New Jersey on Tuesday reaffirmed his commitment to passing legislation to get a legal marijuana market up and running after voters approved a legalization referendum in November. In a State of the State address, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said “we are on the verge of passing an innovative and groundbreaking set of laws to reform our historically unjust approach to marijuana and cannabis.” Advocates had hoped that the legislature would have moved quicker to approve enabling legislation, but disagreements between lawmakers and the governor over certain provisions concerning underaged people have delayed the reform. Watch Murphy discuss plans to implement marijuana legalization below:  A “clean up” bill was expected to get a floor vote on Monday, but it was postponed after key legislators pulled their support. “Two months ago, you voted overwhelmingly to legalize adult-use marijuana, and begin the process of ending the racial imbalance that disproportionately penalizes black and brown people arrested for marijuana offenses,” the governor said in his address. “We’re setting up a cannabis industry that will promote the growth of new small businesses, many of which will be owned by women, minorities and veterans.” We’re on the verge of passing a groundbreaking set of laws to reform our historically unjust approach to marijuana and cannabis. Our cannabis industry will promote the growth of new small businesses – many of which will be owned by women, minorities, and veterans.#NJSOTS — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) January 12, 2021 “This hasn’t been an easy fight, nor has it happened as quickly as I would have liked, but we are in a better place, a smarter place and a more just place than ever before,” he said. Lawmakers first introduced the marijuana regulatory bill in November, shortly after voters approved the reform referendum. Since then, it’s been subject to…

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