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NJ marijuana legalization: 'We're not there yet,' Phil Murphy says of legal weed vote


NJ marijuana legalization: 'We're not there yet,' Phil Murphy says of legal weed voteThe future of New Jersey marijuana legalization is murky, at least as it relates to a potential legislative vote on March 25. Gov. Phil Murphy, for whom marijuana legalization was a major campaign platform, said Thursday that the measure still did not have enough votes to pass."This is still going to be close," Murphy said. "We're not there yet."Murphy, legislative leaders and powerful cannabis industry lobbyists have spent much of the last week trying to convince lawmakers Democrats and Republicans alike to support the measure.Buy PhotoIBake Denver is a membership lounge where members can consume cannabis within the city limits of Denver without fear of breaking any laws. Members must bring their own supply. Denver, CO Thursday, April 12, 2018 @dhoodhood  (Photo: Doug Hood)I think were moving people, the governor said, but he wouldnt confirm whether any have changed their minds.MORE: What you need to know from the legal weed hearingsMurphy and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, have circled March 25 for a legal weed vote to ensure that the push doesn't get caught up in budget negotiations. The bill was cleared by the Assembly Appropriations and Senate Judiciary committees on Monday, though it required substituting in somelegislators favorable to legal weed.Murphy on Thursday said thatin his view, "it's now or never."The bills are already listed on the board for both the Senate and Assembly sessions scheduled for Monday.Keep the conversation going in "Let's Talk About Marijuana," USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey's Facebook group dedicated to marijuana legalization news and



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