Deadline for Gov. Murphy to act on marijuana bill delayed 1 day due to snow
Gov. Phil Murphy's deadline to act on legislation setting up New Jersey's recreational marijuana market has been extended a second time.
Murphy had to act by Thursday, but lawmakers pushed the date to Friday amid concerns over a winter storm that dropped several inches of snow on New Jersey. Earlier this month, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin moved the deadline to Thursday from Feb. 8.
The governor and the state Legislature have been talking about changes to the legislation behind closed doors. The issues seem to stem from the penalties for underage people caught with marijuana.
Murphy has said that he wants to be sure that young people, particularly people of color, don’t get “tangled up in our criminal justice system.”
The governor also noted that the constitutional amendment approving recreational marijuana, which voters overwhelmingly approved in November, authorizes cannabis use only for those 21 and older.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.