Last week the Senate Budget and Appropriations and the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted out legislation to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana. The amended bills now stand at “2nd reading” and could be scheduled for a final floor vote as soon as December 17. The Governor, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin all publicly support legalization. However, there remains distance between the Legislative Leaders and the Governor’s office on specifics of the bill. While a December 17 vote remains possible, it is also very possible, if not likely, that further amendments will be made and a vote could be pushed into 2019.
In addition, the committees advanced separate bills to expand the medical use of marijuana and implement an expungement process for minor marijuana possession.
For more on those bills, please see our letter from Tuesday, November 27.
Last week, the League also held a free informational webinar to provide a broad overview of the bill. If you were unable to make the webinar, a PDF copy of that presentation is available on the League website.
Contact: Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481 x120.