NJ Gov Phil Murphy ‘All In’ To Approve Legal Marijuana Bill By End Of 2019

He previously pulled a bill after it would not pass in state Senate

Gov. Phil Murphy said he would be “all in” for a last-minute push by legislative leadership to approve a bill legalizing adult-use marijuana by the end of the year, rather than holding off for a ballot question during the 2020 presidential election.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District, told Wednesday that he would like to see the bill pass through the Legislature by the end of the year, though it may be a stretch.

Sweeney, Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District, pulled the legalization vote in March when it became apparent they could not muster support in the state Senate, even though they had enough votes in the Assembly.

The Senate President then conceded in May that the bill could not pass and that marijuana legalization could appear before voters as a ballot question in the 2020 presidential election, when voter turnout would likely be at its highest.

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