NJ to put off adult-use cannabis legislation until later this summer

New Jersey lawmakers won’t act on adult-use marijuana legislation until after the state budget impasse is resolved, reported Tuesday.

The decision was expected because lawmakers are focused on beating a June 30 deadline for passing the budget.

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, a Democrat who is sponsoring a recreational marijuana bill, told that he believes the legislation could be ironed out later this summer.

Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, also recently told Marijuana Business Daily that momentum is strong for legalizing adult-use in New Jersey, and she thinks it likely will happen this year.

New Jersey has a year-long Legislature so there’s time to get it done.

Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, has been a strong supporter of legalizing marijuana and, since taking office this year, has expanded the state’s medical marijuana program.

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2 comments on “NJ to put off adult-use cannabis legislation until later this summer
  1. John on

    They are doing the Right Thing, It will create thousands of Jobs in New Jersey, something that would help that state immensely. I live in PA, and I am hoping that PA will legalize it in the Very Near Future to Boost our Economy and create badly needed Jobs and New Tax Money.

  2. Phil on

    current NJ laws suck. only a handful of license holders. If they follow a similar structure for adult-use, then those licenses are already spoken for and no use for anyone to try and apply. They need to follow the California structure and regulations.

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