TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – 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. Earlier this month, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin moved the deadline to Thursday from Feb. 8.
The first-term Democratic governor and the Democrat-led Legislature have been talking about changes to the legislation behind closed doors.READ MORE: Philadelphia Expected To Ease Crowd Restrictions At Sporting Events
The governor has declined to publicly detail what the issues are or why he hasn’t signed the bill he earlier indicated he supported.READ MORE: Philadelphia Students To Remain Virtual As Mediation Process Between School District, Teachers' Union On Phased Reopening Nearing End
Murphy said, though, that he wants to be sure that young people, particularly people of color, don’t get “tangled up in our criminal justice system.”
He also noted that the constitutional amendment approving recreational marijuana, which voters overwhelmingly approved in November, authorizes cannabis use only for those 21 and older.MORE NEWS: Delaware County Company Develops 'The Hurricane,' Device Using UVC Technology To Kill Coronavirus
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