In Atlantic County, at The Botanist, the strains Robot Girl and Velvet Cookies are listed at $55.19 for 3.5 grams, roughly equivalent to an eighth of an ounce, and Bonkers and Willow Berry Kush are $60.19 for the same amount, according to their website.
When New Jersey legalized possession of cannabis for recreational use, it didn’t permit the unlicensed selling of the drug.
But it did require police to issue warnings to small-time dealers for a first offense instead of arresting them. Since then, data obtained from the state Judiciary shows the number of people arrested for selling small amounts of cannabis has dropped from the thousands to fewer than three dozen.
The data also shows there have been relatively few arrests for possessing more cannabis than is permitted under state law.
Pennsylvanians with minor, nonviolent marijuana criminal convictions could be pardoned beginning Thursday in a period until the end of the month under a joint effort from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
The so-called "one-time, large-scale pardon effort" will allow anyone who has been convicted of possession of marijuana or small amount of personal use to apply. There is no limit for the age of conviction.
The application is free, and entirely online.
3. New Jersey must legalize home cultivation
The Garden State is the one of only 2 adult-use states that doesn’t allow individuals to grow their own cannabis. And lawmakers aren’t just bringing shame to their state’s nickname with that choice. They’re also hurting medical patients and responsible adults who already voted in droves for legal weed.
Nick Scutari helped get legalization passed in New Jersey. But he’s also one of the biggest opponents blocking home cultivation. Scutari claims that law enforcement said homegrows feed illicit markets in states like Colorado.
Legal marijuana for recreational use has been on the market for just over a week in New Jersey, and the sales keep on growing. Some 12,000 people bought on opening day, spending $2 million. We visited two dispensaries, Zen Leaf in Elizabeth and Ascend in Rochelle Park, to see how they’re faring.
Will edibles ever become legal?
It’s a possibility. Since New Jersey lawmakers didn’t include edibles in legalization, they will need to pass new laws to make it happen. So, it’ll likely be over a year before this change happens.
The CRC oversees the state’s cannabis laws and legal operations. In a February commission meeting, its executive director Jeff Brown said that while commercial kitchens for making cannabis edibles are still a limitation, “Our goal is to continue to work to offer more products to patients.”
The state is just days away from legal sales of adult-use recreational marijuana. Assistant general manager Joe Greene says ZenLeaf in Elizabeth is ready for launch this Thursday, when the recreational cannabis marketplace opens in New Jersey. Just a few weeks ago, ZenLeaf was one of seven medical facilities blocked by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission from launching a recreational marketplace. But last week, all seven were approved.
New Jersey is getting close to becoming the 19th state where recreational marijuana is sold.
Seven medical marijuana dispensaries in the Garden State were given the green light to sell recreational pot at 13 locations in a vote by the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission on April 11, but the official licenses have not yet been issued.
The decision by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission last week to delay recreational marijuana sales at medical dispensaries is not sitting well with everyone. Senate President Nick Scutari, who sponsored both the medical and recreational cannabis laws, called the decision “totally unacceptable” and is planning to form a special legislative committee to review the delay.
The wait to purchase recreational cannabis from a legal source in New Jersey continues. And if you’re currently high on weed you bought off the black — or “gray” — market, it’s going to seem even longer.
The Cannabis Regulatory Commission yesterday was expected to approve some of the medical dispensaries already opening to begin selling recreational weed to any adult who wants it in a month. But they didn’t do that. (They did schedule a special meeting for next month, so maybe they'll get around to it.)