420 with CNW – Marijuana Legalization Revived in New Jersey Legislature
Good ideas are cast aside, and bad ideas become law in lame-duck legislative sessions. The New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that the Senate would attempt to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana. This will be a test of whether this good idea will go to waste or be brought to life. Despite the overwhelming support for the decriminalization of the possession of small amounts of marijuana, legalization supporters have been unable to get a majority vote in the legislature. The legalization issue was scheduled for discussion in March, but it has been dormant from the time a headcount revealed that it would be short with a few votes and so voting was abruptly called off at the time. Since then, it is unlikely that the quest for the required majority has produced any fruit because the opposers of the legislation were joined by others who were objecting to other marijuana provisions such as oversight, licensing, sales outlet locations, tax rate, and revenue allocation. He wanted the legislation to address some of these issues, but the opposition objected to the proposed changes. The members of the clergy oppose the legalization of marijuana, terming it as a means…
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