The process through which advocates hope New Jersey will legalize marijuana is set to begin next month, a key lawmaker has announced.
The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations Committee will hold a hearing on cannabis legalization on March 5, Chairman Joseph Danielson (D) announced on Thursday.
“It’ll be an open discussion surrounding the issue of cannabis products,” he said.
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Gov. Phil Murphy (D) campaigned on marijuana legalization, and reiterated the anti-prohibition pledge in his inaugural address last month. Days after being sworn in, he issued an executive order on expanding the state’s limited medical cannabis law.
A number of state lawmakers and local officials from New Jersey are currently on a marijuana fact-finding trip in Nevada.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D), after coming back from a similar trip to Colorado in 2016, announced that he wanted to legalize marijuana in the Garden State as soon as possible.
“As soon as the governor gets situated, we’re all still here, we intend to move quickly on it,” he said at the time. “I really wish every legislator would have a chance to witness what we witnessed because there wouldn’t be one no vote if they saw it.”
See the agenda for New Jersey officials’ current cannabis-focused Nevada visit below: