Legal marijuana vote in NJ delayed again

David Madden
May 10, 2019 - 10:46 am
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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Hopes for a vote on recreational marijuana in New Jersey this month — as promised by proponents of the concept — are all but gone. 

And it appears voters may get to decide on the question.

A source has confirmed what has been speculation in Trenton: There is “virtually no chance” of a legislative vote this month on allowing marijuana use for those over 21.

Senate President Steve Sweeney still cannot muster the 21 votes needed to pass. He pulled a package of bills back in March.

Talk is now beginning to center on a possible voter referendum, given polls suggesting the public wants legal marijuana. But even if that were to happen and voters approved, legislators would still have to set up the system.

Meanwhile, it is likely that Gov. Phil Murphy will go with his plan B, expanding the availability of medical marijuana in New Jersey, which he can do on his own.