Gov. Phil Murphy, who successfully pushed to legalize cannabis for recreational use, said he wasn’t concerned that the state may not meet a Feb. 22 deadline for selling weed to the public.
“I’d rather get it right than get it fast,” Murphy told NJ Advance Media on Sunday. “They’re doing a really good job. They want to do a job that’s different and better than any other state that’s ever done it, in particular as it relates to addressing inequities, which has been a central theme of mine.”
Murphy used his State of the State and his second inaugural address this month to tout the positive impact on the economy and jobs that he said he believed the state’s legal cannabis industry would have.
But he said he wasn’t concerned with the possible delay. Jeff Brown, executive director of the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission, told NJ Cannabis Insider last week that New Jersey may not meet its self-imposed deadline for selling recreational weed.
“We all want it sooner than later but let’s make sure it’s right,” Murphy said. “That to me is the most important.”