New Jersey may not see recreational marijuana-inspired attractions for a while, but the state has already seen consumers cross state lines to legally buy recreational marijuana, and insiders say that's a type of cannabis tourism.
"The law will permit dispensaries that have licensed to create a lounge off of that dispensary. That will create an opportunity for people to come from other places to utilize cannabis in a legal safe environment," says John Fanburg, of Brach Eichler Cannabis Industry Practice.
Industry leaders say cannabis tourism has the potential to be a billion-dollar industry in New Jersey as activities start to return to normal post-pandemic.
"That's not going to be immediate. We don't have that many dispensaries open now, so it'll take some time for it to get really cooking here," Fanburg says and adds that it could take a few years.
But as laws around recreational marijuana continue to evolve, that could also shape how cannabis tourism looks in the Garden State.