New Mexico and Colorado will vote on recreational marijuana in November, the first of a handful of states to legalize recreational pot use.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (D) announced the state would be the first to legalize cannabis, which has been illegal since the state banned the plant in 1937.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) said on Thursday that the state’s voters will also vote to allow recreational marijuana use.
“New Jerseyans will soon be able to vote to decriminalize the use of cannabis and move New Jersey into the 21st century,” Christie said in a statement.
“As New Jerseyers, we will make the change that we believe is right for our state and our country.”
In addition to New Mexico, Colorado and Washington state are set to vote in November on recreational pot legalization.
California Governor Jerry Brown (D), whose state legalized marijuana in 2000, said on Friday he will not seek re-election, leaving the door open for his successor to do so.
“The best way to keep New Jersey safe is to keep it in our hands,” Brown said in his statement.
“In the past few months, I’ve been focused on supporting public health and reducing crime, while ensuring our children and families get the care they need.
I will not be seeking another four years in office.”
The governor’s statement did not mention marijuana.