In October, 2021, the state approved 14 permits, mostly for growers. Others are still waiting
A backlog of permit approvals is just one hurdle.
There are also issues about what products, such as edibles, will be sold and in what forms.
New Jersey law currently bans most edibles, including gummies and other candy forms of cannabis, in an effort to keep the products from appealing to children.
Ken Wolski, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey, said the amount and type of marijuana needed for therapeutic reasons is highly individualized and that anything a person needs should be available to them.
“Any form of edibles should be permitted as long as the regulatory procedures are followed. There should be no arbitrary exclusions placed on cannabis products,” Wolski said.