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Major Pot Expansion Looks Like a Dud for U.S. Northeast in 2019

  • N.J. pulls bill and Cuomo says New York effort at risk, too
  • Some lawmakers hesitant to allow drug that U.S. deems illegal
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The anticipated recreational-marijuana boom of 2019 has stalled in the U.S. Northeast, where New Jersey lawmakers scratched a planned legalization vote and New York’s governor cast doubt on the ability to strike an agreement in his state before a budget deadline.

New Jersey until Monday appeared poised to become the nation’s 11th state to legalize adult use, with the bid to end the state’s prohibition supported by Governor Phil Murphy, fellow Democrats who lead the legislature and public-opinion polls. But a scheduled vote in the legislature was canceled when boosters couldn’t overcome opposition from Republicans and some Democrats uneasy with sanctioning a drug that is outlawed by the U.S. government.