Outraged by the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25 and energized by the wave of rallies in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Democratic state Sens. Ronald Rice and Teresa Ruiz introduced legislation that would no longer treat the possession and distribution of up to a pound of marijuana as a crime.
Then … nothing.
The bill, introduced June 4, has not been scheduled for a hearing — and that falls under the purview of State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari, D-Union.
On Tuesday, Rice, D-Essex, issued a blistering statement that accused the lawmakers and his fellow Democratic colleagues of deliberate foot-dragging — a move he said benefits the campaign to legalize marijuana.