Northeast Legalization Notebook: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

While Western states tweak their marijuana legalization programs, Northeast states face a quagmire with legislatures reluctant to move in a sensible direction regarding recreational cannabis. Massachusetts has set the trend for tax and regulation and Maine is finally following their neighbor’s lead with plans for commercial sales soon. Here’s what’s happening in the five other Northeast states:

New Jersey

After Senate Bill 2703 was tabled for lack of votes in the Democrat-controlled legislature in late March, there has been hopes of finding the votes and getting the New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Act on the floor in Trenton. But despite support from Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, that’s not going to happen in the current session.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney now say the best chance for legalization in the Garden State is a voter referendum in 2020. The legislature has to pass measures in 2019 and 2020 to allow such a popular vote. The legislative goal now is to improve the state’s medical marijuana program.

New York

Again, despite a Democrat-controlled legislature and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, prospects for the passage of the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act by the end of the current session by June 19 don’t look promising. In

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