When I was attorney general of New Jersey, the discussion surrounding the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use was just heating up. We knew back then, based on polling of eligible voters, that cannabis would be legalized for recreational use. As I said publicly in 2018, it was not a question of whether it would be legalized, only when and how.

At the time, I was personally agnostic on the issue. Legalization was not up to the attorney general — it was the province of elected officials and the voters. We did not have a strong view against legalization, in part because we understood that the cannabis industry would be carefully regulated. Only safe, tested and approved products would be sold, and only adults would have access.

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