At its March 24 meeting, CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown said there was about a 100,000-pound supply gap between what the state's medical marijuana operators have on hand and what would be necessary to satisfy the state's 120,000 registered medical marijuana patients, as well as the expected glut of new, recreational customers, including those driving over state lines from New York, Pennsylvania or Delaware.
Senator Nicholas Scutari speaks to the press after cancelling the marijuana vote on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Trenton.
And that calculation used a conservative model, in which customers would only buy 4 ounces of pot per year, or 1 ounce of pot per year for those traveling from out of state, Brown said.
"While the commission recognizes the desire of the public to get the personal use market up and running, it is a shared responsibility to do so," Commissioner Krista Nash said at the meeting. "Our hope is that the guidance the commission provides here today will move the process along so we can get these (alternative treatment centers) open (for recreational customers) in a responsible manner that meets the needs of the patients and the personal use market."