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FILE- In this March 25, 2019, file photo, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, center, speaks to reporters in Trenton, N.J. A New Jersey Assembly voting session that had been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, that was to include a measure setting up the new recreational marijuana market has been canceled, Coughlin said Friday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NJ voting session canceled amid cannabis bill disagreements

Nov. 20, 2020 9:56 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Assembly voting session that had been scheduled for Monday and was to include a measure setting up the new recreational marijuana market has been canceled, Speaker Craig Coughlin said Friday. Coughlin, a Democrat, said it was clear the legislation wouldn't get final...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, Heather Randazzo, a grow employee at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary, trims leaves off marijuana plants in the company's grow house in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation to establish a new recreational marijuana marketplace, which voters overwhelmingly approved on the ballot earlier in the month, but differed in key details. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NJ cannabis bill advances, but lawmakers differ on details

Nov. 19, 2020 6:55 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation setting up a new recreational marijuana marketplace, which voters overwhelmingly approved on the ballot this month, but differed on key details. The Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget Committee passed legislation on...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019, file photo, Heather Randazzo, a grow employee at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary, trims leaves off marijuana plants in the company's grow house in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Legislation to set up New Jersey's recreational marijuana industry is getting fast-tracked in the Democrat-led Legislature, with Assembly and Senate committees set to take up legislation on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Haze surrounds cannabis bill as leaders discuss taxes

Nov. 12, 2020 6:58 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A haze hung over New Jersey's recreational marijuana legalization effort on Thursday as negotiations over taxes delayed required legislation. Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committees had planned to consider legislation setting up the recreational marijuana market, just over a week...

Customers line up to make sports bets at Freehold Raceway in Freehold, N.J. on Oct. 24, 2020. New Jersey lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to allow sports betting on all major collegiate games, removing a big restriction in a wagering market that is smashing national sports betting records. A bill calling for a public referendum in 2021 was amended Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 to significantly expand collegiate sports betting in the state. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

NJ vote would allow sports betting on all college games

Nov. 9, 2020 4:21 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.,J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to allow sports betting on all major collegiate games, removing a big restriction in a wagering market that is smashing national sports betting records. A bill calling for a public referendum in 2021 was amended Monday to...

FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a man leaves a supermarket in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan carrying his groceries in a plastic bag. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, signed legislation prohibiting single-use plastic and paper bags and plastic foam containers to go into effect in May 2022. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NJ governor signs bill to ban single-use plastic, paper bags

Nov. 4, 2020 2:05 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed legislation prohibiting single-use plastic and paper bags and plastic foam containers. The ban, which goes into effect in May 2022, prohibits the type of bags customers get from restaurants that do takeout and from groceries...

FILE- In this June 3, 2016 photo, New Jersey state Sen. Paul Sarlo speaks at a news conference in Rutherford, N.J. The New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution in 2021 permit it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

NJ eyes betting on college playoff games here and elsewhere

Oct. 21, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution next year to permit it. If voters approve a referendum that could be on the November 2021 ballot, it would remove a significant part of...