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 approval because of differences between his chamber’s bill and one in the Democrat-led Senate.
“The Assembly’s approach for producing fair and responsible legislation is to be thoughtful and deliberative,” he said in a statement.
The Senate had also planned a Monday session but it was canceled late on Thursday, with lawmakers citing the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
Lawmakers had aimed to fast-track the legislation after voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing recreational marijuana for those 21 and older in the Nov. 3 election.
Committees in both chambers passed measures on Thursday, but they differed. Lawmakers must iron out those differences before a final vote.
So far, a deal on legislation has eluded legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.
A key sticking point is whether the number of licenses for cultivators should be capped. The Senate legislation calls for zero caps, but the Assembly is seeking to have 37, which is up from 28 in an earlier version of the bill.
Another sticking point has been whether to include an excise tax, but legislators…