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NJ Senate to vote on bill expanding medical marijuana

May 30, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Democrat-led Senate is set to vote on a bill expanding medical marijuana services.

The marijuana bill has passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly and would head to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk if passed Thursday.

The Senate also scheduled a vote on legislation to make it easier for convicts to clear their records. The Assembly is considering a similar bill but has not yet voted on it.

The effort comes amid stalled legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. Murphy this week declined to say whether he’d support the medical marijuana legislation.

Under the expansion, the number of cultivators’ licenses would increase to 23. Currently, there are six treatment centers, with six more planned.

The measure also establishes a five-person commission to oversee the program. Currently it’s overseen by the Health Department.

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