Phil Murphy, the governor of New Jersey, is pushing for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize and tax recreational marijuana in the state by the end of 2018.
It was on Tuesday that the Governor unveiled his first state budget proposal that include $60 million in tax revenue from legal marijuana.
He said, “I am committed to working with you to get this passed this year.”
According to Bill Caruso, the founder of NJ United of Marijuana Reform, the marijuana bill would be part of negotiations over the budget.
He told NJ Advance Media that the Governor’s administration officials expect marijuana legalization to have passed by January 1st.
“I greatly respect those in this chamber who have proposed decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, and I thank them for recognizing the importance of doing what’s right and just for those who carry criminal records for past possession arrests,” Murphy said.
“But decriminalization alone will not put the corner dealer out of business, it will not help us protect our kids, and it will not end the racial disparities we see,” he added.
“If these are our goals — as they must be — then the only sensible option is the careful legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana sales to adults,” Murphy continued.