Democrats were not able to gain enough support for the measure. This left the future of the legalization movement in doubt. This means the legalization has been pushed back to 2020. The same could happen to New York if they don’t get their legalization together.
There were three bills on the table: to legalize cannabis for adult use, removing criminal cannabis convictions, and the last was to improve New Jersey’s medical cannabis program.
New Jersey’s bill had planned to have public designated smoking areas for cannabis users. These areas would not be outdoors; they would mainly be at dispensaries. The bill would also allow consumption in hotels and casinos.
Governor Phil Murphy who intensely campaigned for the legalization was trying to nudge lawmakers to vote yes. But the push fell short.
This was also bad news for the 43,000 medical cannabis patients that are paying $520 per ounce, plus tax. New Jersey’s cannabis expansion has been slower than the other states. Since their medical cannabis law has been approved 10 years ago, they still only have six dispensaries in the entire state.