New Jersey Democrats are now hopeful that a legal cannabis bill could be approved before Labor Day. Even though the recent state budget passed without including tax revenue from adult use recreational cannabis, Senate President Steve Sweeney said that lawmakers are “rounding the corner on marijuana” and said that “the speaker and I are committed to getting the marijuana bills done this summer. That’s our goal.”
Sen. Sweeney’s comments suggested that preparing the budget actually made the cannabis discussion more difficult. “I’m thinking late July, August, hopefully,” Sweeney said. “Now that this budget’s out of the way, not that a lot of this stuff’s out of the way, all the noise is out of the way, hopefully the administration and we all can focus on marijuana.”
While there is still certainly opposition to legal cannabis among New Jersey state legislators, there is reason for optimism for a legalization bill to be approved. This Blog will provide updates at every important juncture as New Jersey continues to move forward to legalization.