New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said yesterday that he believes a vote for recreational marijuana legalization will take place on October 29th. Well, technically he said he "can't see us not voting" on marijuana legalization that day, which is a very confusing way of stating it.
Of course, this isn't the first time we've heard that a vote for marijuana legalization was coming. Last spring, there was tons of talk about a potential marijuana vote after Democrat and pro-marijuana Governor Phil Murphy took office. And last month Sweeney said he expected a vote on legalization by the end of September, which is clearly not happening.
Even though we've heard these promises for a vote before, it's at least encouraging that Sweeney, who is one of the most powerful politicians in New Jersey, seems committed to getting a vote on this bill. It doesn't seem like an issue he's just casually mentioning now and then. It appears he's actually working to corral enough support to ensure it passes.
Sounds like there will be a lot of pot leafs and joint Halloween costumes in New Jersey next month.