It’s now all but certain that New Jersey voters, and not lawmakers, will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, three legislative sources confirmed to NJ Advance Media late Thursday.
A plan for the state Legislature to vote on a bill that would make recreational pot legal for those 21 and older in the Garden State is likely “dead,” said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private negotiations.
Although Gov. Phil Murphy and his fellow Democrats who lead the Legislature were hoping for a vote this month, one source said there’s “no hope” for a vote now. A second source said “someone needs to call the damn thing.” And a third source said voters will “definitely” be the ones to decide the issue at the ballot box.
Now lawmakers are simply waiting for state Senate President Stephen Sweeney to make it official that legislators will not get a chance to vote on the bill, the sources said. That could happen within days.
No decision has been about when a referendum would go on the ballot. It could be this November or next, but 2020 is much more probable, the sources said. [Read more at NJ.com]