New Jersey is unlikely to allow its marijuana users or medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis plants at home, the new president of the state Senate said this month.
State Sen. Nick Scutari, D-Union, was the main proponent of New Jersey marijuana legalization in the state Senate and was elected by his colleagues as the body's president this year. But speaking to a virtual webinar of cannabis industry entrepreneurs and experts, he said he "did not see (home grow) happening right now," repeated a common refrain that allowing "home grow" would only contribute to the black market and hold back the legal industry from taking off.
"I'm not against marijuana being grown at home for medical purposes and maybe even just recreational purposes," Scutari said at the event, hosted by the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, a trade group for the cannabis industry. "But we've got to let this industry … it's not even off the ground yet."