A highly-anticipated vote on legalizing recreational marijuana and expunging marijuana convictions is set for this afternoon in Trenton.
Governor Phil Murphy says the vote in the Legislature will be close. It’s still unclear if the measure will get enough votes to pass.
The bill must receive a majority of both houses, 41 votes in the Assembly, 21 votes in the Senate, to pass.
While it is expected to narrowly pass in the Assembly, as of Monday morning the bill seems to be 3 votes short in the Senate, according to several reports.
If leaders see that the votes are not all there, they may call off the vote. Another vote may not happen for months.
Under the deal reached by Governor Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, the bill would legalize recreational marijuana for those over the age of 21, license growing facilities and set a $42 per ounce taxation rate. A cannabis regulatory commission would set up the rules under which the new marijuana industry would operate under in New Jersey.
If it passes, New Jersey would become the 11th state to legalize the drug, but only the second state after Vermont to do it through the state legislature as opposed to allowing the residents to decide through a referendum.
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