NJ Senate Hearing To Focus On Possibility Of Legalizing Marijuana

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey lawmakers will consider the possibility Monday of legalizing recreational marijuana use in the state.

The state Senate is holding a judiciary hearing on the hot-button issue, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.

Lawmakers are closely studying Colorado, Oregon and Washington, where pot use has been legalized.

Some of the big question marks center on tax dollars, business growth, security and whether banks would participate.

“We’re going to have a model to measure from to see what’s good, what’s bad,” Senate President Steve Sweeney said. “Is it the right decision? Is it not the right decision? But we’ll have enough information to make an informed decision.”

Sweeney, D-West Deptford, said it’s a conversation that must be had despite Gov. Chris Christie still being in office.

“Look, this governor won’t sign it. He’s already said that,” Sweeney said. “But we’re hoping that if it’s a good...

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