Legislative committees also approved measures to expand the state’s medical marijuana program and overhaul the rules for expunging drug-related and other crimes.
The legalization bill was approved 7-4 with two abstentions by members of the Senate budget committee and 7-2 with one abstention by those on the Assembly appropriations committee. All three measures can now head to votes in the full Senate and Assembly, where their chances of success are less clear.
Many lawmakers remain hesitant to end a long-standing prohibition on marijuana, while Gov. Phil Murphy, who supports legalization but can veto legislation he doesn’t like, has yet to endorse the proposal put forth by Democratic leaders in the Legislature.
“It’s too early to tell as it relates to exactly the elements that ultimately are in there,” said Gov Murphy, who has been at odds with lawmakers over how to regulate the new industry and how much to tax it. “We’ll see, but I’m happy to see the progress.”
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