Liberal Governor Phil Murphy is pushing hard to legalize marijuana in the state after it being a major campaign pledge. Lawmakers are voting for the bill but the outcome of the vote is still unsure. Meetings have been going on for months over the specifics of the bill and opposition says it still lacks on certain fronts. The opposition wants a fair bill that will expunge records and help minorities who have been hit the hardest in the past. If the vote doesn’t pass Murphy says he’ll look into expanding medical marijuana licenses. Regardless of the outcome of this vote there should be an expansion in the cannabis market in the state.
Marijuana has overtaken the tech industry as the fastest growing industry. There are now more jobs in cannabis than there are in coal mining, textile manufacturing, and brewery workers. This is crazy considering how new of an industry this is compared to traditional professions. In states like Colorado where cannabis was legalized years ago they are just now seeing a slowdown in job creation. Only 1o states have fully legalized the drug and 34 for medical purposes. The more states legalize pot the more jobs can be created through this industry with incredible potential in many different sectors.
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PGA golfer Robert Garrigus was known for overcoming a drug and alcohol addiction and making onto the PGA tour. Garrigus is the first golfer to be suspended for “using a drug of abuse”. In a statement he apologizes for relapsing but states that the drug is legal in his home state. The PGA is still more conservative in its view of marijuana but this is the first time this kind of suspension has happened. We can only hope Garrigus comes back stronger and hope the PGA becomes more opened in their views of cannabis.