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As N.J. edges toward legalizing marijuana, a key character in the saga sits in jail

December 10, 2017

By Staff

Ed Forchion, the most recognizable face of the marijuana legalization movement in New Jersey, views the state’s changing legal landscape and sees irony in it.

Lawmakers are putting finishing touches on a legalization measure. Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has said he would sign it. Analysts see a sales tax bonanza. And on Thursday, patients enrolled in the state’s eight-year-old medical marijuana program went to the Statehouse to demand the right to grow their own cannabis. Jose Moreno / Staff Photographer At a Statehouse event in Trenton, advocates press the incoming Murphy administration to permit home cultivation of medical marijuana (from left): Cindy Ruggiero, Jim Miller, and Robert Ruggiero.

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