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.
James Leventis, executive vice president at Verano, one of seven Alternative Treatment Centers, or ATCs, that got approval Monday to enter the marketplace for legalized recreational marijuana, said, “I don’t think we’re going to launch on 4/20 but it will be at some point next week is my best guess.”
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.
New Jersey’s recreational marijuana industry could get the green light to launch in the very near future. Employers are working hard to fill jobs in a field that’s only expected to keep growing.
On Reporters Roundtable, NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission Chair Dianna Houenou talks about why the consumer cannabis retail market has not opened yet and the calls by some lawmakers to hold hearings on the issue.
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.
New Jersey Senate President Nick Scutari has announced he is forming a special legislative committee to review the delays for legal adult-use marijuana sales in New Jersey.
Instead of awarding several widely-anticipated licenses for recreational marijuana sales, New Jersey regulators kicked the cannabis license issue down the road again today. The Cannabis Regulatory Commission voted to table a motion that could have expanded adult-use licenses to eight major alternative treatment centers — or ATCs — that already offer medical marijuana. Regulators expressed concerns about producing enough recreational products and also jobs to people victimized by the war on drugs, and mostly about preserving patient safety for medicinal users.
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.
Businesses looking to get into the cannabis industry in New Jersey are one step closer. The state will begin accepting applications for dispensary licenses on March 15. The Cannabis Regulatory Commission says it will review applications as soon as they come in, with the goal of approving conditional licenses in about 90 days.