New Jersey Lawmaker Plans Hearings for Delays to Cannabis Launch

New Jersey Lawmaker Plans Hearings for Delays to Cannabis Launch
High Times

The New Jersey adult-use cannabis program is off to a halting start, with the launch of sales hamstrung by repeated delays.  Now a top lawmaker in the Garden State wants answers, and is working hard to get them through the work of a committee.  Nick Scutari, the president of the New Jersey State Senate, said Tuesday that he is forming a special legislative committee to look into why legal pot sales still haven’t begun in the state. “These delays are totally unacceptable,” Scutari said in a statement. “We need to get the legal marijuana market up and running in New Jersey. This has become a failure to follow through on the public mandate and to meet the expectations for new businesses and consumers.” In a press release, Scutari’s office said he wants “explanations on the repeated hold-ups in expanding medical dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana and in the opening of retail facilities for adult-use cannabis,” as well as to find out “what can be done to meet the demands and reduce the costs of medical marijuana.” In 2020, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to legalize recreational pot use for adults aged 21 and older. However, there has still not been anything put in place when it comes to actual movement on legalization.  Last year, Scutari helped author and pass legislation designed to implement the adult-use program.  But the new cannabis program has been beset by repeated delays since that bill was passed, including a missed deadline in September to begin accepting applications from would-be cannabis cultivators, manufacturers and testing labs. Last month, after New Jersey regulators missed a deadline for recreational pot sales to begin, Democratic Governor Phil Murphy indicated that the launch was coming soon.  “If I had to predict, we are within weeks—I would hope in…

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