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New Jersey lawmakers say adult-use cannabis vote likely won’t happen Oct. 29

New Jersey’s legislative leaders reported that a vote to legalize recreational marijuana they penciled in for next week now appears unlikely.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said Monday at an unrelated news conference in the statehouse that he does not anticipate a vote on Oct. 29.

State Senate President Steve Sweeney said he believes the legislation would come for a vote “this year,” but he didn’t specify when.

Coughlin described the measure as a “seismic shift in public policy and the creation of a new industry.” He said the state’s lawmakers want to “get it right.”

Both leaders and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy have suggested they back such legalization but are debating details, mostly behind closed doors.

– Associated Press

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