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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A measure to legalize adult-use marijuana in New Jersey fizzled out Wednesday when state Senate President Steve Sweeney said he would instead look to voters next year and will pursue separate bills to expand medical cannabis and wipe clean some criminal records.
The Democrat vowed that adult-use marijuana — supported by fellow Democrats Gov. Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin — would become legal, just not now.
This is the latest development as New Jersey sought to become the 11th state to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over since a vote on the measure was postponed in March. Sweeney said at the time that the bill didn’t have enough votes to pass.
Murphy campaigned on cannabis legalization and pushed hard for the bill. He has said he would consider a referendum but didn’t want to abandon legislation.
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