Marijuana Legalization to Be Discussed by NJ Lawmakers this Summer

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When Governor Phil Murphy signed New Jersey's nearly $38 billion budget last week, recreational cannabis was not included.

Top lawmakers say it's coming though, and soon.

Murphy says he didn't include anticipated revenue from legalized marijuana because the legislation is not yet ready, but he said he thinks it will be on his desk "sooner than later."

Senate President Steve Sweeney says he and the Assembly will take the issue up this summer. Both chambers are controlled by Democrats.

Legalization advocates say they're trying to overcome decades of stigma.

Opponents say the delay is a sign that the effort could stall out.

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