How fast will the pot bill pass?
Senate President Stephen Sweeney D-Gloucester, has pledged to pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana within the first three months of a Murphy administration.
Murphy said he would sign it right away.
Here’s how that could work out in the early months of 2018:
Jan. 9: New Democratic-dominated Legislature sworn-in. Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, the chief proponent of legalizing marijuana could introduce a new version of his bill (S3195) right away;
Jan. 16: Democrat Phil Murphy is inaugurated governor;
January through end of March: Public hearings, lobbying and arm-twisting, followed by a vote in both houses of the Legislature;
March-April: If it passes, Murphy signs bill into law.