In mid-December, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave full approval to marijuana legalization, echoing his cross-border colleague Murphy calling it a matter of social justice. Cuomo, who is sworn this month for his third term as the Empire State Executive, said he will sign a regulation for the first 100 days of his new term.
Yes, Murphy said similar things in 2017, and yes, New York still has miles to go before it can match New Jersey's progress in drafting a piece of legislation. Some of those closest to New Jersey's efforts to get legal grass said it would be difficult for New York to catch up.
"The idea that they just go into Albany and put it on lawmakers and get it approved – it's just not going to happen," Bill Caruso, a marijuana lobbyist and member of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association, said in last month. "I think it will take them time to work through these issues."
But if things fall into place in New York and the debate continues to pull in Trenton, the two states could see the cave begin to close. 19659014] The state is often missing millions of dollars
The state is missing out on tens of thousands of millions
If New Jersey were to somehow beat the legalization of New York, the state would leave many potential tax revenues on the table. Millions of people would probably cross the border to buy legal weed based on estimates of New Jersey's potential marijuana market.
But no one will likely exceed the limit of buying weeds in New Jersey if it is also legal in New York.
Hugh O & # 39; Beirne, president of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association, said that New Jersey's marijuana market would never be bigger than it would be in its first year, provided it could legalize before New York and Pennsylvania.
Even without considering New York, the longer it takes to legalize marijuana, the longer the state goes without the additional tax revenue that legalization would generate. If Murphy had been successful in legalizing marijuana for its first 100 days in the office, the state would probably only be weeks from opening its first potty shops and collecting tax on weed sales.
Instead, New Jersey is more than a year away from opening any recreational dispensers and recognizing the tax hike.
Thousands of people are still being arrested for a pot every day
Thousands of people are still being arrested for pot every day
But it's not just about the money. Far from it.
In 2016, the New Jersey police arrested more than 32,000 people for marijuana possession, according to a state police report. To this extent, over 87 people are arrested every day in the state for marijuana possession. These arrests will continue until the governor puts paper on the legalization bill.
The launching system remains broken
The extermination system remains broken
Among the laws of law in New Jersey is that once possession and personal use of marijuana, people who have been convicted of these crimes will have the opportunity to clear their records. 19659004] But pushing marijuana spills has revealed the deficiencies in the state's total postponement process. Experts say the process is difficult and burdensome, and the state's judiciary does not keep an eye on how many replacements it makes each year.
"It's so ridiculously troublesome," said Laura Cohen, director of the Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic at Rutgers, about the state's eradication system. "It's definitely a porous agent."
By changing the process of facilitating marijuana spills, lawmakers have begun to work on reforms for the broader expedition system. But without legalization, these reforms are unlikely to come.