New Jersey Adult Use Law Legislation in the National Cannabis Industry Association

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Genova Burns Cannabis Law Practice Co-Chairs Charles J. Messina, Esq. and Jennifer Roselle, Esq., and Associate Daniel Pierre, Esq. wrote an article entitled, "It’s Still Snowing – But is Jersey’s Grass Finally Green?" which has been published by the National Cannabis Industry Association. The article focuses on New Jersey's recent legislation enabling adult use into law.

Although voters approved a referendum to legalize adult use of cannabis back in November, lawmakers’ efforts to draft the enabling legislation often went up in smoke. Until recently, the governor’s office and legislative leaders couldn’t decide how to address underage possession and use of cannabis. Now, lawmakers agree that minors should be subject to a three-tiered warning system in lieu of hefty fines.

But for adults, the Governor’s signature does not allow for immediate access to or use of recreational cannabis. Even with the passage of the recreational use law, residents cannot grow their own cannabis at home or legally purchase it without a medical marijuana card. Presently, there are no dispensaries authorized to sell adult-use cannabis. 

In order for the Garden State to grow a recreational market, the CRC requires the appointment of two more members. Once all five members of the CRC are appointed, it has a specific timeframe to promulgate the rules that will regulate New Jersey’s recreational use industry. The CRC must, for example, fully develop the criteria and application process for the six classes of recreational licenses that applicants can apply for. 

To read a synopsis of the aforementioned six classes of recreational licenses and more, please click here.  

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