New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday he’s “highly confident” that voters will green-light a bill legalizing weed in the Garden State.
In an interview with radio station Hot 97, Murphy said the measure — which allows people over age 21 to use marijuana recreationally — will unclog the state’s criminal justice system by reducing minor drug-related crimes.
“I’m highly confident that today we will achieve a great milestone, and it is overwhelmingly a step toward, at long last, social justice,” Murphy told the station.
“When I came into office, the widest white/non-white gap of persons incarcerated in America and the overwhelming reason was low-end drug crimes. And please, God, we will finally wrestle this to the ground. It’s taken longer than I wanted, but I believe we’ll get there when we have the results from today.”
The widely popular constitutional referendum also allows the cultivation, processing and retail sale of the drug.