New Jersey’s governor is teaming up with a coalition of major cannabis brands to launch a campaign meant to educate and encourage consumers about the risks of buying marijuana products outside of regulated markets.
The U.S. Cannabis Council (USCC) is leading the “Buy Legal” effort, which was announced on Thursday in New Orleans at the Black CannaBiz Expo.
By the time that Spring rolls around, Mount Laurel residents may have two local recreational cannabis dispensaries to choose from.
Lotus Dispensary, which is slated to take over the vacant former gas station at 1110 Rt. 73, could open as early as April or as late as June, owner Hursh Patel said.
"It will be very upscale," he said. "We want to revitalize the site."
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission designated the New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC) to spearhead the new program, which will provide support in the following areas:
- Business registration.
- Marketing and branding.
- Corporate structure.
- Human resources.
Initial training will combine prerecorded webinars with live, virtual question-and-answer sessions twice a month. Classes will be taught by faculty with cannabis industry experience.
The attorney general of New Jersey last week issued a new directive on drug testing requirements for law enforcement agencies, a necessary update following the launch of the state’s legal cannabis market earlier this year.
Matthew Platkin, who was confirmed as the state’s AG last month, said that following the opening of the regulated marijuana industry in April, “many law enforcement agencies delayed the random drug testing of officers under the AG Drug Testing Policy to allow time for additional guidance and clarity.”
New Jersey regulators approved the first 18 annual adult-use cannabis business licenses for the state’s marijuana market.
According to a Thursday news release, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) approved eight applications for annual licenses and another 10 applications to convert existing conditional permits to annuals.
Conditional licenses are an important step for those new businesses to work on securing real estate and financing, gaining municipal approvals and, ultimately, receiving annual licenses.
A four-year old dispensary in Secaucus is poised to become the first non-profit medical marijuana dispensary to offer adult weed in the Garden State.
Harmony Foundation is expected to go before the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Thursday for final state approvals to expand into the adult recreational weed market at its Secaucus alternative treatment center at 600 Meadowlands Parkway, a top Harmony executive confirmed to NJ Advance Media.
The upcoming New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission public meeting on Thursday, October 27 will be held in person at 44 South Clinton Avenue in Trenton at 1 p.m. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the Commission’s YouTube channel.
Seating capacity is limited in the hearing room at the Civil Service Commission building where the meeting will be held. Interested parties are encouraged to continue to watch the meetings online. For public safety, no one will be allowed to enter if the meeting room is at capacity.
With soaring sales and businesses quickly looking to enter the market, the CRC has proposed updated rules which expand the license classes to include wholesalers, distributors, and delivery services. Under these proposed rules, retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers are required to keep more detailed records, including information on the date of purchase and delivery sale, the cannabis items purchased or sold, and the purchasing or selling entity.
Economic And Social Justice Are Also Issues
As embodied in state law and underlined by the CRC, when cannabis sales became legal in the Garden State, it was time to fulfill the promise of helping those disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs, decriminalizing cannabis, eliminating registrations and implementing economic justice.
According to CRC Commissioner Charles Barker, who recently spoke directly to the cannabis companies at a monthly meeting, the state is not upholding its commitments to patient access, social equity and collective bargaining agreements.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is engaging in a series of listening sessions with cannabis-industry stakeholders. The goal of these sessions is to focus on gaining a better understanding of the opportunities and obstacles new cannabis businesses may face. These challenges include access to capital and the high start-up costs associated with this new and emerging sector. NJEDA is interested in hearing comments, questions, and other key information to better understand the scope of the costs associated with starting a new cannabis business.