In a historic vote, a supermajority of New Jersey lawmakers passed a proposed ballot question on Monday to legalize recreational marijuana, putting the referendum before voters on the 2020 ballot.
The Democrat-led Assembly approved the measure 49-24, with one abstention, while the Senate passed the question 24-16.
The measure doesn’t need the approval of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, although he is an advocate of legalizing adult-use marijuana.
The larger-than-three-fifths majorities in both chambers ensures the question will be put to voters by 2020.
Had only a simple majority of both houses passed the question, then lawmakers would have been required to hold a second vote in the new session, which starts Jan. 14.
– Jeff Smith and Associated Press