Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy Commends US Senator Cory Booker on Bill to Legalize Marijuana & “Promote Social Justice and Rational Federal Drug Policy”
Newark, NJ:  Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy commended U.S. Senator Cory Booker on his introduction of legislation that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, praising “his efforts to promote social justice and rational federal drug policy.”
Murphy has previously said that, as governor, he would sign legislation to legalize marijuana at the state level.
Murphy released the following statement:

“I commend Senator Booker on his efforts to promote social justice and rational federal drug policy. New Jersey’s current marijuana laws have failed our communities, primarily young people and people color, giving them a criminal record that in many cases prevents them from getting a job or an education, and stifling their futures. Moreover, it has wasted taxpayer money, with roughly $143 million spent annually to adjudicate 24,000 low-level, non-violent arrests. Instead, we should be providing treatment solutions to tackle our opioid crisis, ensuring law enforcement has the tools to protect our communities, and investing in public education.”