Deadline for Gov. Murphy to act on marijuana bill pushed back

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office)

A deadline for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to act on legislation establishing a recreational marijuana marketplace has been extended.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin on Friday moved a procedural deadline set for Monday to Feb. 18.

Coughlin said his chamber, the governor and the Democrat-led Senate are making progress on changes to a bill lawmakers passed just before Christmas.

Murphy was expected to sign the legislation, which could have led to a marijuana marketplace in about six months for people 21 and older.

But so far, he's declined to sign the bill, even though he had signaled his support for it.


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