Chris Christie—the Governor of New Jersey—has had a good run, but it will soon be time to say farewell. Recently, there had been a lot of hype about who’s going to take on the position after Chris. We might not know the exact person, but yesterday, we at least got to know the potential candidates. The gubernatorial election will be taking place this November where the Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno will compete with each other.
Phil Murphy recently said that he will be legalizing marijuana just because it is the right thing to do. It is not clear if the potential New Jersey Governor is saying that for the votes or if he actually means what he says. Either way, the chances of him winning are greater than his opponent, which is a good thing for cannabis advocates.
A lot of people are extremely happy and looking forward to Chris leaving in about a few months. He was one of the most anti-marijuana people throughout the United States. He was the one who had barred New Jersey from welcoming the prolific marijuana industry and making the most of its great revenues. His leaving means that the road for major cannabis will be wide open again. Derek Roseman—Phil Murphy’s spokesman—refers to Chris’s departure as a “major hurdle cleared”.
Murphy has also spoken on the matter, stating that criminalization in the case of cannabis has done nothing more than clogging the courts of the state. This is one of the reasons why he wants to legalize marijuana.
The opposing contender for the post—Kim Guadagno—is less likely to do anything for the emerging industry. However, to our good fortune, even Kim is not as hopeless as Chris was on the matter. She did go on to say at a point that New Jersey should decriminalize marijuana. This was after watching the massive color disparity when it came to arrests related to cannabis. She said,
“No one should suffer because of the color of their skin or because of their social background or because they were picked up with a small quantity.”
With what the state had to face in the form of Chris for the past eight years, any replacement, even Kim, would be a positive one for the state cannabis industry. Bill Caruso—NJ United—said in an interview that the ballot this year may not contain the cannabis legalization matter, but it soon will, implying that either of the new governors will put cannabis legalization on the ballot.
This is a great thing when it comes to New Jersey’s marijuana industry. This is no less than a win for the state as both the nominated members are offering a potential progress in cannabis laws of New Jersey. Both of them will work on the decriminalization and both will expand medical cannabis access to patients. In a nutshell, regardless of how the last few years went for NJ’s cannabis industry, the future certainly seems to be brighter.
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