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The wheels are moving on getting marijuana shipped right to your door in New Jersey.
On Wednesday, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission opened the application window for operations interested in transporting cannabis from dispensaries to your home.
What's unknown right now is when delivery will actually be up and running in the Garden State. The application process will last several months.
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.
The agency overseeing New Jersey’s marijuana market made a move Thursday that aims to increase the number of cannabis businesses run by people with prior convictions for marijuana offenses or who live in economically disadvantaged parts of the state.
For one year starting Sept. 27, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will accept requests for certain licenses — wholesaler, distributor, and delivery service class licenses — only from so-called social equity applicants, the commission decided at its Thursday meeting.
Tahir Johnson has been arrested on marijuana possession charges three times. Now, for the first time in his life, his conviction on one of those charges won't hurt his employment prospects. It will help.
Many social equity applicants in New Jersey say they still face challenges trying to convert their conditional cannabis license to an annual one. The process has sparked debate over the length of time it takes to begin recreational marijuana sales in the Garden State.
The cannabis industry continues to flourish in New Jersey. The New Jersey Convention Center in Edison recently hosted an expo to connect businesses with the support needed to help them launch their operations.
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 doors have been open at the state’s first dozen legal recreational marijuana dispensaries for about three weeks now, but it could be a long time before residents see more businesses like them.
A woman who used marijuana to help with her fight with cancer is hoping to become among the first in New Jersey to sell cannabis on the retail market.
Entrepreneurs wanting to become licensed marijuana cultivators in New Jersey can begin submitting their applications on Wednesday. Applications will be processed in order of priority. Social equity businesses — those owned by individuals with prior marijuana convictions or ones located in economically disadvantaged areas — will top the list.