Legalize adult-use marijuana; undo past convictions
By legalizing adult-use marijuana we can reverse the inequality and unfairness left from years of failed drug policies and shift public safety resources to where they can do the most good. We must ensure that those with a past mark on their records
because of a low-level offense can have that stain removed, so they can move forward to get a stable job or an education. But it will also allow us to broadly benefit from creating an entirely new and legal industry.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to New Jersey legislature
, Jan 15, 2019
Focus on racial justice with marijuana legalization.
Racial equity in the cannabis industry has been a problem in states that have legalized the drug. Colorado banned those with marijuana felonies from working in the newly legal industry. That model of legalization is starting to shift. Oakland,
California made history when it launched an equity program aimed at remedying drug-war injustices. Instead of banning people with drug convictions from the industry, the city created a program that gave those with pot convictions first dibs
on a marijuana business license.
Massachusetts rolled out the first state-wide equity program in the nation last month. Not only do equity applicants get an early start in applying for a license, they also receive help from the state
in raising capital and compliance. Meanwhile, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy has focused on racial justice in his support for legalization.
Addiction is an illness, & treatable with right resources
Too many residents and their families continue to struggle with addiction. Too many communities continue to be ravaged by an epidemic of overdoses, particularly from opioids. Most tragically, over the last decade, 5,000 residents of our state have died
from heroin and opioid overdoses alone. These deaths are entirely preventable. Phil recognizes that addiction is an illness, and that it is treatable with the right resources and focus in place.
As governor, Phil will remove the the stigma that surrounds addiction and tackle our opioid epidemic by:
Expanding access to drug treatment facilities.
Increasing access to preventive medical treatment.
Establishing a 7-day limit on initial opiate prescriptions.
Lowering the cost of Narcan.
Funding a public awareness campaign about opioid addiction prevention.
Expand support systems for individuals who overdose
Opioid addiction is an illness, and it is treatable
Too many residents & their families continue to struggle with addiction. Too many communities continue to be ravaged by an epidemic of overdoses, particularly from opioids. Over the last decade, 5,000 residents of our state have died from heroin & opioid
overdoses alone. Phil recognizes that addiction is an illness, and that it is treatable with the right resources and focus in place. Treating and preventing addiction saves lives and allows people to return home to their families and get back to work.
Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial website, Murphy4NJ.com
, Sep 19, 2016