Raritan Valley Community College, in partnership with Sarah Trent, CEO of Valley Wellness, is offering an online New Jersey Medical Cannabis Dispensary Training course. Classes will be held Monday evenings, June 1-29, from 6-9 p.m., via RVCC’s online platforms: Zoom and Canvas. The program offers comprehensive education and training in multiple aspects of the emerging cannabis industry.
Assembly Bill 20
Charles X Gormally, a New Jersey attorney and co-chair of the Brach Eichler cannabis group, has been closely following cannabis legislation in the state. His law practice, Brach Eichler, has a cannabis group with numerous attorneys who assist in cannabis-related legal matters.
On July 2, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a much-anticipated bill into effect that expands and revises the state’s existing medical cannabis program, the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA). For employers faced with employees and job applicants who use cannabis, New Jersey Assembly Bill A20 provides certain job protections for medical cannabis users. This is a significant change for employees and employers, since CUMMA previously did not explicitly contain such protections, and guidance from courts was inconclusive and slow-developing.
After months of debate and delay, New Jersey is finally one step away from expanding its medical marijuana program.
Currently, the state has only six cannabis providers for nearly 50,000 patients. But state lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill (A20) that aims to bring much needed growth to the program.
The state Senate passed the bill 31-5 and the state Assembly 66-5 at the Statehouse in Trenton.
It’s now up to Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, to either sign the measure into law or veto it. He’s expected to approve it.
Here’s how your lawmaker voted Thursday:
The Legislature is fast-tracking a revised bill expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to Gov. Phil Murphy while the administration holds off on its own expansion plans in an effort to ease tensions over the move.
Assembly Bill and Senate Bill 20, which the lower house approved by 66-5 vote with 6 abstentions and the upper house approved in a 31-5 vote, retains many provisions of the original medical marijuana legislation.
A20 would also create a five-member Cannabis Regulatory Committee to oversee the state’s expansion medical marijuana program. The medical marijuana program would be first overseen by the Department of Health before being transitioned to the CRC, but the legislation does not specify a timeframe beyond “such time as the members of the commission are appointed and the commission first organizes.”