NY and NJ wanted to make progress on the topic recently but they could not work out a few details. Now they're saying they're taking another look and will work with neighboring states to make the serious concerns (like buying and transporting over state lines) addressed.
Cynicism that politicians can't resist millions of tax dollars makes me wonder the true motivation. My long term belief is that those who would buy it legally are 99% those who are already buying without paying taxes and keeping crime stats strong. It's worked for a long while in several states and society hasn't collapsed. Ultimately it will be legal nationwide because while really old white men want to portray it as similar to Heroin, it's actually similar to beer. We know the alcohol industry is quite strong. I believe it should be legal everywhere and it won't cause problems. I also think it should be used or enjoyed at home or without unfocused driving.
It will be interesting to see how the topic continues to develop.
Many more died as a result of alcohol versus Opiods but the alcohol lobby is strong and well funded.