The cannabis legalization “cleanup bill” just died in a New Jersey Senate Committee, when a committee meeting was cancelled this week.
The meeting was cancelled by Senate Judiciary Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden). Due to the cancellation, the bill won’t be able to move on to the next stage of voting.
Another hurdle to legalizing cannabis in New Jersey is Governor Phil Murphy, who has so far ignored all the legalization and decriminalization bills that have landed on his desk. He objected to provisions that would remove penalties for underage use of cannabis.
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The cleanup bill has now stalled several times. Some of the objections have come from POC legislators who claim that penalties in the cleanup would expose youth of color to police interactions.
So far, the governor has insinuated that he will veto the bills unless provisions and changes are made, and all parties can come to an agreement. That could definitely take time.
“If he vetoes it, yeah, we’ll be going back to the drawing board, but I don’t know when that’s going to be,” Scutari said. “That’s going to be not now. We’ve got to get