When will recreational marijuana be legal in New Jersey? Sooner than later

Ian Bush
October 02, 2018 - 6:27 pm
Gov. Phil Murphy announces his major economic agenda on Oct. 1, 2018 in Nutley, New Jersey.

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — This could be the month New Jersey takes a big step toward legalizing recreational marijuana — at least that's what Gov. Phil Murphy suggests, echoing the forecast from the state's top lawmaker. 

Oct. 29 is the date Senate President Steve Sweeney has said he expects a vote on legalized weed. Even though there's not yet a measure for the legislature to consider, Murphy said he has a good feeling about progress.

"I think we're closer than not, assuming the legislation comes to me and in the shape that we hope it does," he said, "I'll sign that."

Recreational cannabis is something Murphy admitted he's come around to supporting.

"We're not inventing marijuana. This exists right now," he added. "It's not regulated. It's in the hands of the bad guys. Our kids are exposed. It's not taxed. And the inequities, particularly across racial lines, continue."

The states is also expected to announce next month six new dispensaries — including two in South Jersey. The governor is also looking to lawmakers to open wider doors to medical marijuana patients.