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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Senate panel delays vote on marijuana cleanup

By Nikita Biryukov, February 16 2021 3:35 pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee won’t vote on a marijuana cleanup bill Tuesday.

The panel will instead reconvene Wednesday to advance the measure, Judiciary Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) said.

While lawmakers reached a tentative agreement on the bill that included the removal of fines for minors found in possession of marijuana, they hit inclement weather — literally.

Legislators expect to delay their Feb. 18 voting sessions to keep members out of the capitol city on Thursday, when a winter storm is forecasted to deposit up to five inches of snow by the afternoon.

That delay gives lawmakers one more day to negotiate. Though lawmakers have reached some measure of agreement, some members are displeased with the result, including Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Ron Rice (D-Newark), who wanted penalties for police searches of minors that were not included in the Tuesday’s amendments.

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