After several amendments and a compromise between the legislature and the governor, patients will get better access.
“It’s giving a second chance to someone who’s already paid their debt to society,” said Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham, the primary sponsor of the bill.
Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign the legislation.
“We are now making life better for so many New Jersey residents,” said bill Assemblywoman Joann Downey, the bill sponsor.
On the Heels of a Failed Legalization Bill, New Jersey Lawmakers Waste No Time Expanding Medical Cannabis
After medical cannabis bills sail out of committee, the full legislature is expected to vote as early as Thursday.
Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that legalization would be punted to voters in 2020. Meanwhile, a compromise comes together in New York.
As support wanes, New Jersey Democrats cancel a planned vote—a blow for the governor and a victory for anti-cannabis groups in the state and, perhaps, beyond.
Committees on Monday advanced the bill, but the hearings showed that state Democrats are deeply divided over legalization.
Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers announced the bones of a deal, but the vote is expected to be close, and advocates are still pushing for stronger criminal justice and diversity provisions.
A bill to legalize cannabis for adult use is expected any day now. A key advocate outlines what to expect and what sets the state’s plan apart.