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The motion to change the June decision passed 3-1, with Commissioner Charles Barker voting no. Barker, often the lone ‘no’ vote, defended the initial one-year timeline as a move that would have helped people most harmed by marijuana prohibition. He emphasized that New Jersey’s marijuana legalization law is “about righting the wrongs of the failed drug war, period, hard stop.”
Chairwoman Dianne Houenou argued Black and brown business owners would have been shut out if the commission retained the one-year priority period.
A sea change in the funding of New Jersey cannabis businesses has been approved by New Jersey’s Legislature and is pending on Governor Murphy’s desk awaiting his signature. Duane Morris attorneys assisted in the conception and drafting of this legislation.
Officials from the Cannabis Regulatory Committee faced more than two hours of grilling from lawmakers Friday during their first hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in more than a year.
Legislators weren’t shy with their criticism. They accused the agency of pulling strings to reinstate the license of a major cannabis operator, being slow to approve applications, and holding the cannabis industry back with red tape.
A 9am Judiciary Committee Hearing on the state of cannabis in NJ drew hoards of spectators on a chilly rainy summer day. But things heated up quickly once the cannabis debate began. Here are some nuggets from today’s hearing
Sales from New Jersey’s legal cannabis industry, both recreational and medicinal, brought in roughly $180 million this year so far. The update from the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission comes ahead of a legislative hearing on Friday on the status of the 18-month-old market.
As the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved more cannabis businesses for Atlantic City, and with more likely on the way, members at the Tuesday meeting of the Board of Directors asked when enough will be enough.
The board gave unanimous approval to five planned cannabis businesses in the city, in its role as the planning authority within the city’s Tourism District. That area overlaps with the city’s Green Zone redevelopment area, where cannabis businesses are an approved use.
During a Hamilton Township Planning Board meeting Thursday, members gave the green light to a cannabis cultivation and manufacturing business and, separately, a cannabis testing laboratory within an existing building.
The first planning board approval went to Herb-a-More, who intends to turn the existing 51,374-square-foot building on a three-acre lot on 1218 Walnut Avenue that will not be open to the public. It will be a cannabis cultivation and manufacturing business, said Dino Spadaccini, an attorney representing the company.
Mount Laurel Council members on Tuesday, June 13, will either change its cannabis game plan or clarify the rules, depending on the point of view.
For daylite cannabis, the early entrant, the Township's interpretation of what is adequate security could put it out of business.
A Council resolution on Tuesday's agenda targets the business, which has renovated a former real estate office and as of last week had hired its staff and was expected to open before July 1.
Cannabis giant Curaleaf CURLF is suspected of using its political connections to reverse an April decision by the NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) to deny its request for a license renewal to cultivate and sell marijuana.
What happened: The CRC denied the state's largest cannabis supplier’s request to renew an adult-use license, citing several reasons including Curaleaf's closure of a growing facility, lack of transparency and conflicts with unionization.
The state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission Thursday revoked licenses to grow or manufacture adult-use cannabis by the Harmony company, saying the company owes $700,00 in license fees.