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NJ lawmaker predicts vote on pot by end of October as Murphy awaits bill

October 02, 2018 - 2:33 pm
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TRENTON, NJ (1010 WINS) -- Sooner rather than later.

That's the time frame New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy gave for a vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in the Garden State.

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During a Facebook Live town hall, the governor said a vote could happen within weeks.

Murphy has asked the legislature to send him a bill by the end of the year, but it's not clear if that will actually happen. There's no formal bill on the table, and no public hearings have been scheduled.

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said last week, that a vote would be coming on October 29.

"Can't see us not voting" he said.

At least in one house, of course Sweeney also said he expected a September vote, back in August. That deadline has come and gone.

Sweeney said there are two issues that still need to be worked out, but expects them to be resolved soon.

"At this point now, we're so far with the legislation -- we'll have the two issues we have to work out resolved," Sweeney said, "We'll be voting on the 29th."

NJ.com reports, Sweeney clarified that he was was speaking for the Senate. A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin declined to comment.

Among other items in the bill is a provision that would tax marijuana in New Jersey at 10 percent. That's been a point of contention with Gov. Murphy whou would like to see a higher tax.

Murphy said he plans to sign the legislation when it gets to his desk.