Recreational marijuana sales to begin in a few weeks in New Jersey, governor says

Written by on 28 February, 2022

Although New Jersey missed the February 22 deadline set by regulators to begin recreational marijuana sales in the state, Governor Phil Murphy noted that adult-use cannabis sales will begin “within weeks.”

As reviewed by Marijuana Moment, certain existing medical cannabis dispensaries will be licensed to trade adult-use marijuana.

For a dispensary to get that authorization, it will need “local approvals” and “first and foremost, they must demonstrate that they have the supply for their medical customers,” the governor said. “And then, hopefully shortly thereafter, independent retail cannabis operations for adult-use cannabis” will move forward.

Murphy also emphasized that equity in the industry is very important, so ensuring that equity is focused has made this “more complicated to get going, but I think it will have been worth it assuming we get it right,” he said.

On the other hand, New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) Chairwoman Dianna Houenou recently stated that if the state were to open stand-alone stores for adult-use marijuana at this point, the industry could be “dominated” by large, multi-state operators.

“We need to make sure we are ready to open to the public because if we don’t and rush to open the market, there is a substantial risk that patients will lose access, there will be long lines and wait times, and that could lead to an immediate supply crisis,” she said.

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