Sweeney: Marijuana Legalization Bill Won’t Advance Today, But ‘This Fight Is Not Over’

Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, says that legislation that requires greater transparency with elections and lobbying in NJ is something that everyone wants, regardless of political affiliation.

Marijuana legalization legislation won’t advance today.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) issued the following statement expressing his firm commitment to enacting legislation to legalize adult use marijuana and the continuation of social justice reforms:

“While we are all disappointed that we did not secure enough votes to ensure legislative approval of the adult use cannabis bill today, we made substantial progress on a plan that would make significant changes in social policy.

“Governor Murphy has shown real leadership in driving this issue.  He worked with Speaker Coughlin, with me and with the bill’s sponsors and social justice advocates in a shared commitment to change failed drug laws and reform the criminal justice system.  

“This fight is not over.  We need to learn from this experience and continue to move forward.  

“While this legislation is not advancing today, I remain committed to its passage.  The Senate was very close to 21 votes and, with more education and advocacy, I believe we will get this legislation across the finish line.”

 

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  • MikeG

    The democratic leadership in this state as been a complete disaster. Time to vote these people out. Murphy has no control of the party and its been painful to watch. SAD

  • Mike Pacyna

    Rice should be the first person primaried out of office.

    • zanzibar

      Can we build a statue for this hero before you cry in your bong?

      No idiocracy drug profits on the backs of the minority community!

      • Mike Pacyna

        so instead we’ll prop up the police on the backs of the minority community? Pop another pill grandpa. White people smoke just as much.

  • Alexsander Bryan Balukas

    crazy and new jersey continues to look like trash

  • Mike Cassata

    I hate this state more and more everyday. Good now more people can leave nj since there is nothing here. A BUNCH OF EMPTY SUITS

  • wheelsarethebeesknees

    They had over a year to get “educated” on the issue. This is a huge loss for Murphy, Sweeney and the rest of the actual democrats that wanted to pass this thing. Time to get Rice and the rest of these sad excuses for legislators out of office.

    • That’s what I’m saying! Let’s get these idiots out of office since they dont understand what the people want, get some in that will!

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