TRENTON, NJ - The scheduled vote on marijuana legalization that was on the calendar for today has been cancelled, after it became clear that there weren't enough votes to pass it.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney had this to say in a released statement, "While we are all disappointed that we did not secure enough votes to ensure legislative approval of the adult use cannabis bill today, we made substantial progress on a plan that would make significant changes in social policy.
Governor Murphy has shown real leadership in driving this issue. He worked with Speaker Coughlin, with me and with the bill's sponsors and social justice advocates in a shared commitment to change failed drug laws and reform the criminal justice system. This fight is not over. We need to learn from this experience and continue to move forward. While this legislation is not advancing today, I remain committed to its passage. The Senate was very close to 21 votes and, with more education and advocacy, I believe we will get this legislation across the finish line."
Murphy and legislative leaders were working all weekend trying to secure enough votes in the state Senate that would legalize adult-use marijuana and create an expungement process for individuals convicted of low-level marijuana offenses.
The state Senate was scheduled to vote on the legislation during its 12 noon Monday session, but that session appeared to be delayed. The Assembly had also planned to vote.