ASBURY PARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 07: The new Democratic governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy celebrates his victory on November 7, 2017 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Murphy was projected an early winner over Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Democrat Phil Murphy’s win in New Jersey Tuesday night could pave the way for the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Democratic state Sen. Nicholas Scutari, the sponsor of a recreational cannabis bill, says Murphy is fully committed to legalizing marijuana.
With support from the governor-elect and legislative leaders, proponents of recreational marijuana say sales could begin next summer.
“We have the support of over 50 percent of the population of New Jersey,” said Ken Wolski, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana in New Jersey. “We’re very confident that legalization is going to be a reality here in New Jersey certainly by the summer of 2018.”
Proponents say legalizing pot would cut down on arrests and make the drug cheaper.
“The harms that are associated with our current policy of prohibition are really, really dreadful,” Wolski said. “A marijuana conviction can affect the type of employment that is available to people, the type of housing …
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