Democrats May Make More Than Legal Weed Go Up in Smoke

If the national Democratic Party’s mainstream leaders don’t start pushing back soon, it won’t just be New Jersey’s recreational cannabis revenue that will be lost. RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images

It’s doubtful that recreational marijuana will become legal in New Jersey anytime soon, with Senate President Steve Sweeney waving the white flag on passing cannabis legislation this year. The fractured Democratic Party in New Jersey is stemming from a fight between two people—George Norcross and Governor Phil Murphy—and not from two ideological points of view.

Unfortunately for the national Democratic Party, a family fight in New Jersey is taking an important state out of play when it is needed most for the 2020 election. New Jersey’s Democratic donors and centrist political leadership backed by strong primary numbers give the small state a lot of influence that

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