Top state lawmakers have canceled a planned vote Monday on a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older in New Jersey, saying they simply haven’t gathered enough support in the state Senate.
But they vowed to take up the measure — one of Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature proposals — at a future date.
“Anybody who thinks this is dead, they’re wrong,” state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said at a news conference shortly after the vote was called off at the Statehouse in Trenton.
“This is an issue that’s not going away,” Sweeney said. “The legalization of adult-use marijuana will get passed in the state of New Jersey, one way or another.”
Lawmakers are expected to schedule another vote sometime this year, perhaps as soon as May.
Asked when a vote would ultimately be held, Sweeney said: “As soon as I have 21 votes for sure.”