After failing to get enough support in the New Jersey State Senate to get a “legalized” recreational marijuana bill passed State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D, Gloucester) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D, Middlesex) have introduced a constitutional amendment to have a ballot question to “legalize” marijuana on the ballot in 2020. There is just one problem. New Jersey voters cannot “legalize” marijuana while it remains federally illegal.
In a stunning announcement New York Governor Andrew Cuomo granted pardons to 22 criminal immigrants facing deportation and commuted the sentences of 7 more currently in prison on Monday. This after Cuomo pardoned 8 criminal immigrants who faced deportation this past summer. Those who were pardoned or had their sentences commuted had been convicted of crimes ranging from murder, possession of a weapon, sale of a controlled substance, robbery, possession of stolen property, larceny, assault, arson and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.