NJ recreational marijuana bill stalling, but overall Chances still look bright

NJ recreational marijuana bill stalling, but overall prospects still look bright

The likelihood of an adult-use marijuana bill passing in New Jersey prior to a June 30 budget deadline allegedly is declining, but lawmakers still look poised to approve recreational MJ over the next year, according to a policy analyst and advocate.

The present effort is hitting a snag due to state budget squabbles as well as lack of consensus within the details of a marijuana business, according to NorthJersey.com.

Despite this hiccup, Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, said that New Jersey has a lot of momentum for legalizing recreational cannabis even if it doesn’t happen within the next week due to the budget stalemate.

“There’s work to be done (on the issue),” O’Keefe told Marijuana Business Daily, but she noted that Gov. Phil Murphy is a strong urge, Senate President Steve Sweeney is on board and State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin “is coming around. ”

In fact, a bill to legalize adult use, introduced June 7, was co-sponsored by Sweeney and fellow Senate Democrat Nicholas Scutari.

New Jersey has a yearlong Legislature, so the legalization campaign could be picked up following June 30.

Published at Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:41:08 +0000

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