Lawmakers in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature have advanced legislation to implement the legalization of adult-use marijuana that state residents voted to approve on Election Day.
Hours of testimony heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee on Monday ended with the passage of identical bills that outline the licensing and operation of the eventual market.
Sponsors of the legislation heard no shortage of complaints and suggested changes from colleagues and industry advocates, but plans seem to still point to votes by the full houses before the end of November.
“I don’t think you’re going to find a more responsible piece of legislation on this planet,” state Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, chair of the Judiciary Committee, said. “This is as good as it gets, I think.”
Scutari, though, said amendments will be made to the bill in the next week, based on comments made during the hearing. Because of this, a vote on Nov….