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: District Attorney Larry Krasner, Mayor Jim Kenney Speak Out On Philadelphia's Ongoing Gun Violence Crisis
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: New Jersey Mother, Danielle Mead, Four Children Safely Located, Gloucester Township Police Department Says
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: Teenager Killed In Trenton Shooting Identified As Shemiah Davis, Mercer County Prosecutor's Office Says
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