What’s the Latest on Legalization in New Jersey?
Cannabis legalization advocates began 2018 optimistically — if perhaps unrealistically — with assurances from the governor of New Jersey that he would pass adult-use cannabis legislation within his first 180 days in office. Governor Phil Murphy famously campaigned on the promise of widening the long-atrophied medical program and, more ambitiously, creating an adult-use market. The Governor was so confident that the legislature would pass adult-use, he included the expected tax revenues in his budget. A year later, New Jersey’s medical program is indeed broader and more robust, but the adult-use legislation has struggled to find enough votes for passage.
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