A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey could not be dead just after all, NJ Advance Media has discovered.
Just 3 months ago, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney — New Jersey’s highest-ranking lawmaker — announced he was ending the roller-coaster efforts to pass the bill in the state Legislature mainly because leaders couldn’t muster sufficient votes. As an alternative, Sweeney stated, it would probably be up to the state’s voters to make a decision irrespective of whether to make pot legal right here, at the November 2020 ballot box.
But Garden State leaders privately think there’s nevertheless hope, nevertheless slim, of convincing sufficient lawmakers to vote for the bill either throughout the “lame duck” session at the finish of this year or in the very first half of subsequent year.
Sweeney, D-Gloucester, told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday: “I’m not going to give up attempting.”
“I would appreciate to do it,” Sweeney stated. “We’ll make 1 additional run at it.”
Passing pot by means of legislation, rather than by means of a voter referendum, has often been the preferred route for Gov. Phil Murphy and his fellow Democrats who lead the Legislature. [Read more at NJ.com]