New Jersey lawmakers won’t pass a bill to decriminalize marijuana before noon next Tuesday, Senate President Steve Sweeney said on Monday.
“It’s not getting done in lame duck,” Sweeney told the New Jersey Globe.
While Sweeney and other top Democrats, including Gov. Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker, have publicly backed decriminalization as a stop-gap measure as residents await a legalization referendum no the ballot this year, there’s been little action on the issue since the legislature’s legalization efforts came to a complete stop.
Sweeney and others insisted for weeks that marijuana decriminalization could get done during the lame duck session, but there was little evidence — publicly or privately — that the issue was a top priority for any Democratic leaders within the legislature.