New Jersey Regulators Approve Rules For Adult-Use Marijuana Market Nearly One Year After Legalization Vote

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It’s been nearly a year since New Jersey voters passed a referendum to legalize marijuana—and on Thursday, regulators approved initial rules for the program that will set up the state’s retail market. The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJCRC) has been taking public testimony for months on proposed rules, with advocates pushing for equity and inclusivity, and industry stakeholders pushing for policies that don’t place undue burdens on businesses as the market matures. The body, which met for a private executive session on Thursday before opening the conversation up to a public meeting, emphasized that its rules are centrally focused on ensuring equity and safety. “We knew that we had a Herculean task before us because, when we started this agency, there was nothing to begin with,” Dianna Houenou, chair of NJCRC, said at the state of the meeting. And she thanked stakeholders who commented throughout the rulemaking process because the input “helped us understand how to do this work and do it right.” Here’s an overview of the new rules for New Jersey’s adult-use cannabis program:  -Adults 21 and older can purchase and possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Home cultivation would not be permitted. -There will be three licensing categories that regulators will prioritize that are designed to promote social equity by helping businesses that are minority- and women-owned or located in an economically distressed area. -Regulators must pick a date for sales to launch within 180 days of the effective date. -Overall, there are six main licensing categories: cultivators, manufactures, wholesalers, retailers, distributors and delivery services. -While individual municipalities can elect to ban marijuana businesses from operating in their area—and hundreds have in anticipation of the enactment of these regulations—they cannot prohibit delivery services. -Municipalities have until Saturday to enact ordinances regulating or banning cannabis businesses.…

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