New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy took questions during the live call-in “Ask Governor Murphy” show, produced by WBGO News in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC, Wednesday night.
He talked about the preliminary deal he’s reached with legislative leaders to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey. Murphy said he’s hoping that a final legislative vote will take place March 25.
Murphy said the major reason he’s pushing for it is to bring about some measure of social justice, by ending decades of penalizing largely minority communities for low-level drug crimes.
If the bill passes, Murphy has said it would take at least until early 2020 before any marijuana retail stores will be open for business.