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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo confessed this week that he doesn’t have the votes in the State Senate to push legalization forward.
New Jersey lawmakers have failed to make recreational marijuana a reality in the state, as a pivotal vote on legislation was called off Monday.
If legislators miss the March 25 deadline or fall short in the votes, the next time New Jersey would discuss legalizing recreational cannabis wouldn’t be until after the November election.
Despite the still-growing number of towns that have either already passed or are planning to pass bans on legal weed, support for marijuana legalization among New Jersey residents still appears quite strong.
While lawmakers have been mostly in agreement over details surrounding delivery, cannabis lounges, and expunging criminal records, they just cannot seem to agree on taxes.
Some proponents of legalization don’t see this as such a bad thing, however. As the bill’s timeline gets drawn out, so does the bill itself.
Lawmakers continue to work on it and now a new legalization bill is finished, polished and ready for possible implementation.
Steven Sweeney believes he has the support to carry full cannabis legalization and expanding the state's medical marijuana program.
For decades one of the greatest arguments against the War on Drugs, and cannabis in particular, was the racial disparities in arrests and time served, and the resulting problem of overcrowded prisons packed with victims of a social stigma, many of whom were not even close to criminals.