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New Jersey governor touts benefits of marijuana legalization amid recession

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has long planned to legalize adult-use marijuana in his state, but now he’s adopted a new line of reasoning: Doing so could help the economy.

During a radio talk-show appearance, Murphy said legalizing recreational cannabis would be “an incredibly smart thing to do,” NJ.com reported.

Murphy acknowledged that New Jersey – like every other state – is facing a serious budget shortfall because of the coronavirus crisis and the resulting recession, but the Democrat said legalizing marijuana could help bridge the financial gap.

Though Murphy tried to persuade state lawmakers to legalize rec marijuana, the Legislature couldn’t agree on a plan and punted to the voters.

So adult-use marijuana will be on the ballot in New Jersey in November.

A 2016 report from the New Jersey Policy Perspective estimated that legalizing marijuana could bring in more than $300 million annually to the state in tax revenues, and a recent poll found that roughly six in 10 voters back legalization, NJ.com reported.

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One comment on “New Jersey governor touts benefits of marijuana legalization amid recession
  1. Kaye Jachimski on

    As a 57 year old resident of New Jersey, I have suffered from a debilitating neurological illness CRPS / RSDS since the mid 90s. No one should ever believe relying on heavy duty narcotics for over 20 years should be your only option. Cancer patients have had access to this plant material and chronic pain sufferers should be permitted to use this with out the stigma attached of smoking weed . Having to undergo expensive surgery every 6 months on the joints affected is a full time job. When the Pandemic struck , my schedule for my treatment plan stopped at the end of March along with everyone else in the state of NJ. My schedule is set up to begin this week , but should a second wave struck the residents of N J once again , I decided my body needs a brake from injections every 10-14 days for the next year ( your spine is not treated as one injection ) I have decided along with my physician to go ahead with Medical Marijuana and yes , put the brakes on what goes into my body . It’s time to legalize marijuana , thank you

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