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Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-20) decried a developing legislative plan, reported earlier today on NJ.com, to separate medical marijuana from recreational marijuana in a push to expand the legalization of pot in New Jersey.
“This proposal, which has been debated and negotiated for more than a year, must remain intact, Holley said of the original intent to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana.
“If we start breaking up this bill, we are creating more disparity and more divisiveness, ensuring nothing productive will occur,” he added. “Medical marijuana patients are just as important as people in our minority communities who have been affected by the so-called War on Drugs. This is a question of equality. We are supposed to be practical. We are supposed to be responsive. And we are supposed to be working toward a fairer New Jersey, right?
But the votes just aren’t there in the state senate for adult use, a Statehouse source told InsiderNJ.
The thought is not to let Governor Phil Murphy expand medical by regulation alone.
“No one expects him to get it right,” the source said.