New Jersey has been coasting towards legal infrastructure since passing legal cannabis in the November election, but the state just hit a roadblock. The current cannabis legislation stalled this Monday because of differences between the senate and assembly bills.
Things were looking good on Thursday of last week, when the legislation was passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, who approved with an 8-4 margin. However, the bill they passed had too many differences from the Senate committee bill, who wanted to remove a provision limiting grow licenses and add in some other changes.
Now, it is up to sponsors of both bills in both houses to agree on the details of legal cannabis, in order for the bill to be able to advance. Only then, when the bill is worked out, can it advance and get signed by Governor Phil Murphy. Until there is total consensus, the bill will be delayed, and the voting session planned for next week won’t happen.
“We are reviewing the Senate’s amendments,” Kevin McArdle, who represents the Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, says according to an official statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”
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