State Sens. Joe Lagana and Brian Stack will back marijuana decriminalization.
According to a New Jersey Globe tally, that brings the number of state senators who opposed legalization but are backing decriminalization up to nine.
State Sens. Declan O’Scanlon, Robert Singer, Ronald Rice, Linda Greenstein and former Governor Dick Codey are also backing the measure, which Democrats are seeking as a stop gap while they await a vote on a 2020 legalization ballot measure.
Editor’s Note: After this article was published, Sens. Linda Greenstein and Dawn Addiego told the New Jersey Globe they were supporting and leaning towards supporting decriminalization, respectively. Greenstein was a soft no on legalization in March. Addiego was simply a no.
Senate Democrats fell five votes short of the 21 needed to pass a marijuana legalization bill in March, but it doesn’t look like they’ll have similar problems with decriminalization.
Five senators who opposed legalization have indicated support for decriminalization.
Senate President Steve Sweeney today toured the Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center medical marijuana facility where he got a firsthand view of the operation, including the marijuana grow rooms, factory and dispensary. Senator Linda Greenstein joined him at the facility in Cranbury.