It all comes down to this.
The state Legislature today is scheduled to make a decision on marijuana legalization, with the landmark bill to legalize, tax and regulate weed scheduled for votes in the Senate and Assembly.
Either the legal weed bill will go up for a vote, putting New Jersey on track to legalize marijuana as soon as the coming days.
Or Gov. Phil Murphy and top Democrats won’t be able to secure enough “yes” votes, admitting defeat and putting off marijuana legalization until later this year.
“This is still going to be close,” Murphy said last week. “We’re not there yet.”
A bill requires 21 votes to pass in the Senate and 41 votes to pass in the Assembly.
Over the last few days, prominent social justice advocates and elected federal and local officials have come out of the woodwork to publicly support the marijuana legalization bill in the hopes of drawing support from those legislators still on the fence.
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who has introduced federal marijuana legalization bills, said it would “send a strong message to the country that marijuana legalization and social justice must be inextricably linked.” [Read more at Asbury Park Press]