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.
Cannabis Regulatory Commission
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.
Among their top concerns beyond real estate and capital is finding affordable and reliable legal help to guide them through the state’s complicated maze of forms and other requirements.
“The problem that you may run into is the legal side of it,” said Justin Crosgile, who received conditional approval this past summer for a recreational retail license from New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
The workplace guidelines released by the state agency overseeing cannabis has employers dazed and confused over what they can do to discipline a worker who might be high on the job.
Cannabis law experts and employment attorneys called the rules and their rollout vague and baffling, and said the suggestions outlined are impractical to implement and keep businesses in a “state of limbo.”
“I see a lot of risk from both the employer and the employees’ side that’s a little concerning,” said Sean Sanders, a Pine Brook-based employment attorney at Frier Levitt.
But there’s also bad news: when it comes to ensuring equity in the growing cannabis market in New Jersey, the gap is wide between promises made and promises delivered. A key policy goal touted by the state has been its commitment to creating a cannabis industry that benefits communities that have historically faced the disproportionate brunt of the war on drugs — mainly low income Black and Latino communities.
After narrowly securing an endorsement from the Hoboken City Council, Blue Violets LLC is one step closer towards opening what would be the city’s first-ever cannabis dispensary.
During its meeting Wednesday night, the council voted 5-4 in support of the application, which proposes a microbusiness at 628 Washington Street in an empty storefront.
Registration & Licensing
To operate a cannabis business in New Jersey a company must first register with the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services (DORES) 15 business days before conducting business.
The cannabis business must then apply for a license with the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC). Both medical and recreational cannabis businesses must be licensed by the CRC.
After securing approval from the Hoboken Planning Board, Blue Violets LLC is one step closer towards opening what would be the city’s first-ever cannabis dispensary.
During its meeting Thursday night, the board unanimously supported the application, which proposes a microbusiness at 628 Washington Street in an empty storefront that used to be a Brazilian wax parlor.
A Sussex County municipality is moving forward with local approvals for a retail cannabis shop, even as the state continues to lag on allowing any “legal weed” sales beyond expansions of medical dispensaries.
In Newton, an adult-use marijuana dispensary at 117 Water St. has gotten green lights from the Newton Township Council and Land Use Board, according to Town Manager Thomas Russo Jr., and also has also paid its municipal fee.