New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has backed marijuana decriminalization as a quit-gap measure till voters have the chance to make a decision on legalization in November 2020.
Murphy previously opposed decriminalization as he argued that it would properly legitimize drug dealing on the black market place. He has now decided to endorse it in order to present “critical quick-term relief” ahead of a ballot measure on legalization in 12 months’ time.
Earlier this month, state lawmakers pulled the plug on proposed legislation that would have legalized adult-use cannabis sales. They decided rather to place the query to voters in a referendum slated to take spot subsequent year.
Murphy created a campaign guarantee to legalize recreational marijuana, but it now appears unlikely that it will take place prior to 2021. Eleven states have legalized adult-use marijuana, but Illinois was the only a single to do so through the legislative, so there is absolutely nothing uncommon in placing the problem to New Jersey voters in a referendum.
Polls have recommended that voters in the Garden State will back legalization. But even if they give it the thumbs-up, it would nevertheless take a lot of legislative wrangling prior to legal sales can really commence.
Murphy is for that reason inclined to help decriminalization in the meantime so as to stay away from much more men and women in the state getting punished for cannabis use. He stated that about 600 men and women – disproportionately black and Latino – are arrested in New Jersey each and every week for low-level drug offenses, and he known as this predicament “totally unacceptable”.
He now desires to see a sensible decriminalization policy place in spot to finish this predicament when awaiting the ballot on legalization. “Although I remain disappointed in the Legislature’s inability to legislatively legalize adult-use marijuana, I am optimistic that the men and women of New Jersey, who overwhelmingly help legalization, will vote to do so, and when they do, we will take a crucial and extended overdue step for true criminal justice reform,” stated Murphy.
Earlier this year, Murphy signed the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Health-related Cannabis Act into law, substantially expanding New Jersey’s health-related marijuana programme. It supplied licenses for an additional 108 enterprises, such as 54 dispensary licenses, 30 processing permits, and 24 cultivation licenses, spread across the state.