New Jersey Marijuana Sales Will Start Day After 4/20, And AG Says Police Can Use While Off Duty

New Jersey Marijuana Sales Will Start Day After 4/20, And AG Says Police Can Use While Off Duty
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The governor of New Jersey on Thursday announced that adults 21 and older will be able to buy marijuana from select dispensaries starting on April 21—the day after the unofficial cannabis holiday 4/20. And a new directive from the state attorney general’s office says that police can partake, too, as long as they’re off duty. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) touted the long-awaited first round of adult-use retailer approvals from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), calling the action a “historic step in our work to create a new cannabis industry.” Starting on April 21st, adults ages 21+ will be able to legally purchase cannabis and cannabis products without a medical card. This is a historic step in our work to create a new cannabis industry. Learn more: https://t.co/MsSRlUBPZ8. — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) April 14, 2022 Seven existing medical cannabis businesses have been cleared to begin servicing the recreational market at 13 dispensaries across the state. “This is an exciting time for New Jersey,” CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown said in a press release. I am very proud of the work the Commission has done over the past year to open the market. We have been intentional and deliberate to do everything in our power to set the market on good footing to start.” Advocates, stakeholders and consumers have been eager to see regulators make this move, as it comes more than a year after voters approved a legalization referendum at the ballot. Ensuring that equity is built into the industry—and making sure that there is enough supply to ensure access for medical cannabis patients—are some of the reasons for the delayed rollout, the governor and officials have said. “We remain committed to social equity,” CRC Chair Dianna Houenou said. “We promised to build this market on the pillars…

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