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Marijuana Reform Candidates and Issues Taste Victory on Election Night
Author: Monterey Bud  08/11/2017 - 17:15:00

The political fate of marijuana’s future in Virginia and New Jersey solidified after the polls closed Tuesday. While there were no statewide initiatives to legalize marijuana on the 2017 ballot, the synergistic momentum to reform existing marijuana laws made significant progress on Election Night 2017. 

New Jersey: Murphy Wants Legalization Bill in First Hundred Days 

The pro-legalization candidate from New Jersey, Phil Murphy (D),  defeated Kim Guadagno (R) by 12.9 percent. Murphy will have the distinct pleasure of succeeding Gov. Chris Christie (R), the two-term Republican who has repeatedly embraced the ideals of prohibition and will go down in infamy as the most unpopular governor in the United States with a disapproval rating of 71 percent. 

Murphy, New Jersey’s newest governor-elect, has repeatedly spoken out in support of ending marijuana prohibition, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and establishing greater equity for women and the LGBTQ community. A discarded political relic, Christie has notoriously called the notion of legalizing recreational marijuana “beyond stupidity.” Now, with Christie out, the governor-elect wants a bill legalizing adult-use marijuana on his desk in the first 100 days of his administration. 

New Jersey would be the ninth state to embrace marijuana reform, with a legal market estimated to generate approximately $300 million annually in new tax revenue. 

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