Congressman Is ‘Outraged’ Over Lack Of Diversity In Marijuana License Approvals In New Jersey

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A U.S. congressman wants answers from New Jersey regulators about why none of the 56 marijuana retailer licenses that state regulators have approved have gone to black business owners from communities most impacted by prohibition. Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) said in a press release last week that he’s “outraged to hear that Black-owned businesses have been shut out of the state’s cannabis marketplace,” noting that black people are significantly more likely to face arrests over marijuana despite comparable rates of use among different races. “New Jersey has a chance to correct this inequality and allow people abused by the system to finally benefit from it with a fair distribution of cannabis business licenses,” he said. “Instead, we are seeing the same inequality with these licenses that we see in marijuana arrests.” I am outraged to hear that none of the 56 NJ cannabis business licenses were awarded to a Black-owned business. These entrepreneurs have been shut out of New Jersey's cannabis market. NJ needs to end this injustice! — Rep. Donald Payne Jr (@RepDonaldPayne) January 28, 2022 While New Jersey’s medical cannabis program has been in effect for more than a decade, the adult-use market has yet to come online as regulators work on implementing a 2020 voter-approved reform referendum. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) “promised that the state’s cannabis industry would right the wrongs of the past as it concerns social justice,” Payne said. “Now, New Jersey needs to uphold this promise.” The statement from the congressman’s office comes as African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey is also sounding the alarm about the current lack of diversity in the state’s marijuana industry. Following the vote to legalize recreational cannabis in the state, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) saw a flood of hundreds of applications to…

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