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New Jersey Lawmakers May Revive Push For Legal Weed

August 08, 2019 - 1:45 pm
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TRENTON (WCBS 880) — The push to legalize recreational marijuana may not be dead in New Jersey.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney ended efforts to pass the bill three months ago because there weren't enough votes. At that time, he said marijuana legalization would probably end up on the ballot in 2020.

Now, Sweeney tells NJ.com that he's not going to give up trying to pass the legislation.

“I would love to do it,” he said. “We’ll make one more run at it.”

Sweeney says hope remains because he, Gov. Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin all support legalizing the drug. He says they have already agreed on the final language in the bill.

Some state leaders also believe there's a slim chance of convincing enough lawmakers to vote for the bill either during the lame duck session at the end of this year or in the first half of next year.