NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Takes First Move Toward Making Marijuana Accessible

Is it high time for legal weed in New Jersey?

‘Blue Dream’ quickly became the top-selling strain of cannabis in both Colorado and Washington after the states legalized marijuana for adult-use. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The future of legalized marijuana in New Jersey has yet to be decided, but on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy made his first move toward easing state regulations governing weed, issuing an executive order to expand access to medical marijuana.

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Murphy has received pushback on his call to legalize pot from a variety of sources, including the Trump administration and even members of the state’s Democratic party, but this move is likely to create little controversy.

The state legalized medical marijuana in 2010, but Gov. Chris Christie placed tight restrictions on its use. Murphy’s move simply orders the state Department of Health to study how to increase access to the drug for medical use.

State legislators meanwhile moved to undo another Christie effort, with a state Senate Panel moving forward with legislation to have New Jersey rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that Christie pulled the state from six years ago.

And while the first round of fighting to land Amazon’s new corporate headquarters was marked by lots of publicity and high-profile efforts, the online retailer is now telling the top 20 finalists that its second round of decision-making will focus much more on specifics of the proposals and should include a lot less public discourse, according to a report from ROI-NJ.

Quote of the Day: “Dems would be wise to have good candidates on tap in each district, and GOP incumbents should be prepared for the battle of their political lives.” — Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, on challenges facing Republican House candidates in New Jersey in the upcoming midterm elections.

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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Takes First Move Toward Making Marijuana Accessible