The probability of an adult-use marijuana bill passing in New Jersey before a June 30 budget deadline reportedly is declining, but lawmakers still look poised to approve recreational MJ within the next year, according to a policy analyst and advocate.
The current effort is hitting a snag because of state budget squabbles as well as lack of consensus over the details of a marijuana industry, according to NorthJersey.com.
Despite that 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 occur in the next week because of the budget stalemate.
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 year-long Legislature, so the legalization effort could be picked up again after June 30.
Murphy especially has been a strong supporter of legalizing marijuana and, soon after taking office this year, expanded the state’s medical marijuana program.