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New Jersey—June 6

If elected governor in November, Phil Murphy says he will end marijuana prohibition in New Jersey. “The criminalization of marijuana has only served to clog our courts and cloud people’s futures, so we will legalize marijuana,” he said on Tuesday during his Election Night victory speech. “And while there are financial benefits, this is overwhelmingly about doing what is right and just.” But first, he must beat out Lt. Gov. Kim Guadago, the winner of the Republican primary, who doesn’t support legalization but has called for decriminalization and expansion of the state’s existing medical cannabis program. If you’re a medical marijuana patient or marijuana law reform advocate, anything is better than current Gov. Chris Christie (R), considered one of the nation’s most fervent opponents.

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