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State Sen. Paul Sarlo. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Sarlo still undecided on marijuana legalization

By Nikita Biryukov, February 21 2019 1:01 pm

State Sen. Paul Sarlo is still undecided on legalized marijuana, and while that may change once the finalized bill is out, marijuana proponents might do well to hold onto a measure of worry.

“I’ve always leaned towards being a no,” Sarlo said.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney have reached a rough deal on legalized marijuana, but they still face the same 21-vote hurdle in the Senate they have in past pushes to pass the package of marijuana bills.

Despite holding 26 of the 40 seats in the state Senate, Democrats have not managed to secure majority support for legalized marijuana, which Murphy campaigned on.

Sarlo is one of several undecided senators who Murphy and Sweeney will have to whip if they’re going to pass a legalization bill in the upper chamber, but that process might not begin in earnest until there’s a bill actually circulating.

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