Legalized pot in New Jersey – not so fast

When New Jersey state Senator Nicholas Scutari introduced a 62-page bill and primer on how to legalize marijuana almost one year ago he chuckled when asked if it had a prayer of passing.

No other East Coast state had yet approved legal pot, and yes, Chris Christie, the Republican governor at the time, had threatened a veto.

The bill, Scutari insisted, would give lawmakers time to digest and debate the issue so that a palatable package would be “ready for the next governor.”

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