There will be a renewed push in the coming weeks to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey as top lawmakers “start going after votes” again to pass a bill in the state Legislature, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday.
That’s good news for legal pot supporters who faced a setback when lawmakers called off a big vote on the measure in March because there weren’t enough votes to get it passed in the Senate. Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, campaigned on the issue and had said he was ready to sign the bill into law.
As for the odds of the bill passing this time?
“It’s 50/50,” Sweeney, New Jersey’s most powerful state lawmaker, said during an interview. “I’m going to put my best effort into it."