New Jersey’s 12 licensed medical cannabis companies have formed a trade association ahead of an election that will likely lead the state to legalize marijuana for those 21 and older.
The group, the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association, announced its formation Thursday, marking one of the first times the alternative treatment centers have come together publicly. They signed a joint statement in March calling for online ordering for patients amid the coronavirus outbreak and also called on the state Department of Health to allow home delivery for patients.
The trade association emerged from that collaboration, said Susanna Short, an industry consultant to played a major role in wrangling the dispensaries.
“It took us awhile, and we had a pandemic, had a lot going on. It now is an official, formal trade association,” she said. “Certainly legalization is part of what’s bringing us together at this time and in this way.”