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No renewed lobbying on legal weed yet, Scutari says

Senator unsure if legalization bill’s chances improved since May

By Nikita Biryukov, August 07 2019 9:06 pm

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari said lobbying for a renewed push to legalize recreational marijuana use through legislation hasn’t started in earnest.

“Not really,” Scutari, the legalization bill’s chief Senate sponsor, said when asked about lobbying efforts for another push at recreational cannabis. “We’ve had some initial conversations.

Earlier Wednesday, NJ Advanced Media reported Senate President Steve Sweeney said state lawmakers would try once more to legalize via legislation before pushing a legalization ballot initiative that would likely leave recreational marijuana in the lurch until early 2021.

Scutari said he thought the renewed push, which likely won’t come until after the year’s Assembly elections, had a chance at passing but was less certain about whether its chances had improved since the legalization bill died in May.

“There’s always a chance,” Scutari said. “I think we have a great chance of passing a ballot initiative. Do we have a chance of getting it passed through the legislative process? Yes. Is it better than before? I don’t know. I hope so.”

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