After seeing the results of New Jersey’s gubernatorial election last night, I think it’s safe to say that they will be the next to legalize recreational cannabis. As a Democratic candidate Phil Murphy (now New Jersey’s governor elect) made cannabis legalization part of his platform. He even promised that he would sign a bill to legalize recreational cannabis within his first 100 days in office. Some might say there is finally a reason to live in New Jersey.
Some (myself included) think that Murphy won because of his open support for legalization. His Republican challenger Kim Guadagno had her own challenges. She happens to be the current Lieutenant Governor; while campaigning, she struggled to separate herself from the universally loathed Christie, whose approval rating is at an all time low of 16 percent. Even if Murphy hadn’t been running against a member of such a hated administration, I still think he would have won. Executive Director of NORML Erik Altieri seems to agree.
“Candidates across the country should take notice, as Phil Murphy won the Governor’s seat soundly because of, not in spite of, his open and vocal support for legalizing marijuana – a position supported by 65% of New Jersey voters and 64% of Americans nationwide,” he said. “NORML looks forward to working with Governor-Elect Murphy and other stakeholders in the state to end the disastrous policy of marijuana prohibition and to implement the moral, economic, and scientifically sound policy of legalization and regulation in the Garden State.”
After seeing Murphy’s success with campaigning openly about cannabis legalization, one hopes that others campaigning for political office will mimic his approach. Support for cannabis legalization is higher than ever before. It’s even popular with Republican voters now, as we saw in a new Gallup poll last month. Murphy is the first candidate to campaign (largely) on legalizing cannabis. After yesterday’s election results, I don’t think he’ll be the last.
Source: New York Times
Image Source: New Jersey 101.5
What’s in store for New Jersey? Will other states follow suit? Tell us below!