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N.J. could vote on legal weed bill next month, top lawmaker says

By Brent Johnson NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Despite months of infighting and stalled negotiations, New Jersey’s top lawmaker said Thursday the state Legislature could vote to legalize marijuana in the Garden State as early as next month. “I think it’s gonna be soon,” state Senate President Stephen Sweeney told NJ Advance Media when asked if it’s possible the…

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Legalizing Marijuana in NJ: Where’s the Bill, Who Benefits, Who Pays?

NJ Spotlight Carly Sitrin   Gov. Phil Murphy said marijuana would be legal in New Jersey within his first 100 days in office. Now, it’s Day 202 and there’s no bill legalizing it to be found. As lawmakers debate the features of that inevitable legislation — polls say a majority of voters support the move…

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Will N.J. get legal weed this year or what? Here’s what we know.

By Payton Guion NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Shortly after Gov. Phil Murphy was elected, lawmakers said they wanted to get weed legalized in his first 100 days. That deadline, at the end of April, came and went with little action. Some lawmakers and advocates then set their sights on getting recreational marijuana passed by…

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Watch out New Jersey. Looks like New York is taking a big step toward legalizing weed

By The Associated Press A long-awaited report on marijuana will recommend that New York legalizes the drug, the state’s top health official said Monday. While the report has not yet been finalized, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said its authors reached their conclusion after a thorough review of the legal, medical and social implications of legalization.…

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Watch: Put down your martinis and legalize marijuana, Tom Moran says

By Star-Ledger Staff Somebody kindly check to see whether there is a vacancy at the Newark Home for the Befuddled. Because Star-Ledger Editorial Page Editor Tom Moran cannot fathom why skeptical, gimlet-guzzling lawmakers and their confused chorus still protest the unassailable logic of marijuana legalization for adults in the state of New Jersey, and here is his argument…

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New Jersey’s legal weed market expected to be worth $850 million

James Nash, State House Bureau NEW YORK— New Jersey lawmakers are on track to approve a law that ultimately could bring nearly 100 marijuana retailers to the state and spawn an $850 million industry, advocates said at a conference. Months of stop-and-start negotiations and public forums are expected within days to yield a new bill…

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Legal weed advocates believe victory is near in Washington

By Jonathan D. Salant NJ Advance Media for NJ.com WASHINGTON — Proponents of legalizing marijuana descended on the U.S. Capitol in droves Wednesday, saying that their efforts are moving toward success. “Public opinion is changing on this issue,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., the chief sponsor of the Medical Cannabis Research Act, which authorizes research into the…

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Legislators rethinking tax plan for legal marijuana

Daniel J. Munoz NJBIZ Lawmakers are looking to revamp how tax revenue from legalized cannabis is incorporated into the state budget, following talks between the Democratic administration and Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-22nd District, an ardent supporter of marijuana legalization. Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is currently eyeing a phased-in tax rate for recreational cannabis, according to…

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NJ marijuana legalization: Legal weed forever changed Colorado, California

Mike Davis and James Nash, Asbury Park Press This story is part of the HIGH HOPES series from the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey, which sent journalists to Colorado & California to see how legal weed could impact the Garden State. In a New Jersey where recreational marijuana is legal, cannabis could quickly overtake cranberries as the state’s No.…

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