New Jersey Marijuana Sales Delay Isn’t Unusual Among Legalized States, Analysis Shows

New Jersey Marijuana Sales Delay Isn’t Unusual Among Legalized States, Analysis Shows
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“I think this commission is doing remarkably well despite the setback last week, which I think a lot of people are frustrated by.” By Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor The delayed start to recreational marijuana sales has spurred calls for inquiries from one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers, but the nearly 17 months that have passed since New Jersey voters approved adult-use cannabis don’t make New Jersey an outlier among states with legal weed. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana through referendums or legislation, and it took on average 16-and-a-half months to set up legal markets in the 12 states where sales have started. The median is slightly lower, at 14 months. Only four states—Washington, Massachusetts, Alaska and Maine—took longer to open their legal markets than New Jersey has taken. Still, Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), who championed marijuana legalization before ascending the ranks of Senate leadership, on Tuesday announced the launch of a special legislative committee to investigate why the launch of New Jersey’s market is behind schedule. “These delays are totally unacceptable,” he 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.” Once it convenes, that panel will take testimony from commission officials and would-be cannabis operators. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) in February said recreational sales were just weeks away, and he said the same last week after the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission rejected recreational sales applications filed by eight medical dispensaries over concerns of a supply shortage. Those application denials came after the commission missed its self-imposed February 22 deadline to stand up a legal market. The commission did approve conditional licenses for…

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