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Marijuana sales will become available in New Jersey beginning early next year, according to analysts from New Frontier Data, a research data and analytics company focused exclusively on the cannabis industry. 

The legalization of cannabis in New Jersey has been a work in progress since November 2020, when a public referendum to legalize its recreational use was passed by a significant majority. The effective legalization has been delayed for several months, however, as dispensaries around the Garden State await the go-ahead to open their doors to regular retail customers.

“As far as I know, February 2022 is still the date for available sales of adult-use cannabis in New Jersey,” John Kaiga, chief knowledge officer at New Frontier Data, told Yahoo Finance. 

And once that happens, Kaiga said, an influx of consumers from nearby states can be expected. In addition, he believes that full recreational legalization in New Jersey will push states like Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania to do the same. 

Growing pains

The illicit market in New Jersey and the surrounding areas has had a heavy influence on weed prices. Even when dispensaries do begin sales to retail customers, however, Kacey Morrissey, New Frontier Data’s senior director of industry analytics, said that regular, heavy consumers will still continue to purchase the majority of their cannabis from the illicit market.

“There's an extremely strong illicit market in New Jersey, New York. There will be, obviously, no matter what the prices are,” Morrissey said. “There's always, in every new market, sort of the novelty of now purchasing from the legal market. So there's always a big hustle-bustle in the beginning.”

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In addition, Morrissey expects supply chain issues to accompany the anticipated February 2022 initialization of sales. This is caused by the influx of consumers who want to try legal cannabis for the first time.

“The beginning usually causes some product shortfalls,” she said. “But after a few months of that initial excitement and prices are set, with tax policy accounting — prices people are seeing are much higher than the illicit market — that demand will then taper off and people will have bought a couple products in the legal market as novelty.”

Products with concentrated delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as delta-8 THC, have also gained popularity in the tri-state area recently as the substance exploits a cannabis loophole in state law, making them readily available at smoke shops and other stores. They can come in the form of gummies and chocolate bars to pre-rolled joints and even beef jerky. The FDA recently issued a warning regarding delta-8 products, stating the cannabis products may pose “serious health risks.”

According to Morrissey, the full legalization of cannabis in New Jersey will significantly diminish the demand for delta-8 products in the state.

“Once you legalize the full plant I don't think people are seeking out something like delta-8 in isolation,” Morrissey said. “I think it's kind of a workaround for legalization or ‘getting high’ because there is some small, however diminished, psychoactive effect for delta-8.”

NJ setting a precedent

In the case of “weed pilgrimages,” Kaiga believes that New Jersey will experience an ability to draw consumers from surrounding markets where recreational cannabis laws may be more stringent, for the time being. Given that there may be a period in which New Jersey is the only fully operational adult-use market in the mid-Atlantic corridor, he expects New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians alike to flock to the Garden State.

Kaiga stated that the volume of cannabis tourism will depend on the number of businesses approved for sale as well as where these businesses are located in relation to surrounding states.

“The ability to draw consumers from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, et cetera, I think will be an important opportunity for the state's adult-use market, at least until New York and other surrounding markets start to activate their own adult use programs,” Kaiga said.

Nick Vota, grow manager, tends to marijuana plants inside Garden State Dispensary in New Jersey.  Photo by Natalie Kolb 6/22/2017 (Photo By Lauren A. Little/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

Currently, 18 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, while 13 other states have decriminalized it. The legalization process in New Jersey may lead to other states embracing marijuana, Kaiga said.

“We absolutely think it's going to have an effect [on other states’ policies],” he said. “So, in fact, the passage of the dope use measure in New Jersey, we think, served as an accelerant to the legislative debate around legalization in New York.”

New York, which became adult-use legal in 2019, is still in the process of formalizing the regulations. “They are moving more slowly than New Jersey in that regard,” Kaiga said. “But I think part of the impetus to finally address this issue in New York was the approval of adult use in New Jersey.”

In the adjacent states Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, recreational use is still illegal, though developments have been made in the past few years. Earlier this year, Delaware Representative Ed Osiensk introduced a bill to legalize recreational adult-use cannabis to the general assembly.

“It does tend to be [a] regional contagion effect, where [when] one jurisdiction will legalize [recreational marijuana], the surrounding municipalities or jurisdictions will see there are consumers going into that market and spending money [there] that their home state could have been earning,” he added. “And that tends to serve as an accelerant for the discussion.”

Once New Jersey’s legal environment for adult recreational use of marijuana becomes more fleshed out, Kaiga said, other states may be forced to reconsider their positions. “We do think that's going to exert quite a bit of pressure on the surrounding states to also follow suit.”

Thomas Hum and Ihsaan Fanusie are writers at Yahoo Finance. Follow them on Twitter @thomashumTV and @IFanusie.

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NJCRC to hold virtual cannabis informational webinar

Wednesday, October 13, 7 p.m.

TRENTON – New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 7 p.m.  The webinar will focus on illuminating the recently established recreational cannabis rules, particularly as they relate to municipalities, community members, and potential entrants into the industry. Tuesday’s virtual webinar is aimed at ensuring awareness about accessing the cannabis industry in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties.

The Zoom webinar will cover an overview of the recreational cannabis rules, a breakdown of the social equity provisions, what potential applicants can do to prepare for applications, protections for financial service agreements and other contracts, and expectations for neighborhoods with cannabis businesses.

Members of the public may submit questions to be answered during the meeting to [email protected] by noon on Tuesday, October 12th.

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission establishes and enforces the rules and regulations governing the licensing, cultivation, testing, selling, and purchasing of cannabis in the state.

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Recreational marijuana is legal in N.J. What happens now?

But she added that current medical marijuana operators, which already have the retail infrastructure in place, might be able to begin recreational sales earlier, so long as they can meet the demands of their patients first.

“The law does provide those medicinal operators a pathway to serving the broader adult-use recreational community,” Houenou said.

The work is just now beginning for Houenou and other state regulators, who must decide, among other things, which cannabis products will be permitted in the state and which applicants will get licenses.

The business community is eager to jump in.

“We’re ready for the new day,” said Edmund DeVeaux, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association.

Licenses will be available for six different sectors of the weed economy: cultivator, manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, and delivery. There will also be licenses set aside for “microbusinesses” with 10 or fewer employees.

How social justice fits in

Murphy and many lawmakers have said their main motivation for supporting legalized recreational marijuana was social justice.

An ACLU analysis of 2018 New Jersey arrest data found that Black residents were arrested for marijuana possession at a rate 3.5 times higher than their white counterparts, despite similar rates of usage.

An ACLU graphic shows that Black New Jersey residents were arrested at 3.5 times more than their white counterparts for marijuana possession in 2018.

Advocates also wanted to ensure that the Black and Latino communities over-policed during the war on drugs would now be able to reap the benefits of the new legal marketplace.

Houenou said “equity” would “flow through” all of the decisions that the CRC would have to make, from advertising to quality control requirements to how the application process is set up and what fees might be required. (But already, the commission has fielded criticism for having no Black men on the panel and possibly failing to include a member of a national organization battling social inequality, as the law requires.)

Deveaux praised the focus on social justice. “We are going to work with the CRC in terms of helping to establish application processes with lower bars to entry, so that people from disadvantaged communities can in fact engage with this industry, which essentially was born off of their hard work over almost a century,” he said.

Prioritization for licenses will be given to businesses located in areas called “impact zones,” which are cities and towns that were “negatively impacted by past marijuana enterprises that contributed to higher concentrations of law enforcement activity, unemployment, and poverty,” according to the new state law. Those zones have yet to be identified.

Those zones will also see a higher share of tax revenue from weed sales. Seventy percent of sales tax proceeds from recreational marijuana transactions will be sent to “impact zones” as grants, loans, and other financial aid. The remaining tax revenue, or 30%, will be used to pay for the operating costs of the commission and reimbursements for towns, counties, and the New Jersey State Police for training officers who can spot drivers impaired by drugs.

Still, Houenou is clear-eyed about how quickly the state will be able to reverse the ill effects of what Murphy previously called New Jersey’s “broken and indefensible” drug laws.

“I don’t expect all of the harms from the war on drugs to be erased with the first set of licenses that the commission issues. I don’t expect the harms to be erased, even after three years of operating legalized cannabis in New Jersey,” Houenou said.

“It’s going to take time. We’re talking about undoing a decades-long war on drugs, and that doesn’t happen in one, two, or even three years.”

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As deadline nears, NJ towns grapple with marijuana decision

Cannabis Legalization

Governor Murphy signed into law legislation legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older, A-21 (P.L.2021,c.16). The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act, and decriminalizing marijuana and hashish possession, A-1897 (P.L.2021,c.19).  

The Governor also signed S-3454 (P.L.2021,c.25), clarifying marijuana and cannabis use and possession penalties for individuals younger than 21 years old.

DOWNLOAD: March 18, 2021 Legislative Briefing

DOWNLOAD: March 3, 2021, Legislative Briefing

Municipal Considerations

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission released the first set of regulations on August 19, 2021. For details, review the August 26 Special Update from NJLM.

CRC Regulations answer Frequently Asked Questions for Municipalities on the cannabis market components.

NJAC Personal Use file shares insights and specifics on the Personal Use Cannabis Rules which expire August 19, 2022.

Background

  • Opt-In or Opt-Out Timeline: Municipalities had 180 days (until August 21, 2021) to take action to either prohibit or limit the number of cannabis establishments, distributors, or delivery services; the location, manner, and times of operation, and establishing civil penalties for violation of ordinances.
  • Existing Ordinances: Any existing municipal ordinances regulating or prohibiting cannabis are null and void. They must be readopted to be effective.
  • No Action Result: If municipalities do not take action within 180 days, any class of cannabis establishment or distributor will be permitted to operate in the municipality, and depending on the type of establishment, be considered a permitted use in certain zones.
  • 5-Year Periods: A municipality that fails to enact an ordinance prohibiting the operation of one or more classes of cannabis establishments, before August 21, 2021, is precluded from passing an ordinance banning the operation for a period of 5 years. After this 5-year period, a municipality has another 180-day window to prohibit or limit cannabis operations, but this action only applies prospectively. Those who initially opt-out can opt-in at any time.
  • Local Cannabis Tax: Municipalities can enact by ordinance a local cannabis tax that cannot exceed 2% for cannabis cultivator, manufacturer, and/or retailer; and 1% for wholesalers. The tax percentage is based on the receipts for each sale and is paid directly to the municipality in the manner prescribed by the municipality. Any delinquencies are treated the same as delinquent property taxes. The tax cannot apply to delivery services to consumers or transfers for the purpose of bulk transportation.
  • Delivery Rights: A municipality cannot prohibit the delivery of cannabis items and related supplies by a delivery service within their jurisdiction.
  • Civil Rights: When responding to a call related to underage consumption or possession of cannabis or alcohol can be guilty of a crime of official deprivation of civil rights if knowingly violating the provisions of the new law regarding interactions with underage persons. 

State Resource Page

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the launch of a Marijuana Decriminalization & Cannabis Legalization Resource Page. The webpage is intended to provide resources and information for police and prosecutors to help them navigate the new laws and policy. The Resource Page provides access to newly issued AG Directive 2021-1, governing the dismissals of certain pending marijuana charges, and access to interim guidance for law enforcement officers regarding marijuana decriminalization.

The Attorney General's office has also produced a downloadable Q&A page on Cannabis topics.

League Stance

While the League does not have a position on the topic of legalized recreational marijuana, we provide information as a tool for our members at a time when legalization is being considered by New Jersey’s citizens. The League’s Task Force has explored and researched the impacts of the legalization of adult recreational use on municipalities. 

In addition, NJLM formed a coalition with the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association and the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. While the coalition does not take a position on legalization, we are working together to ensure that municipal interests are protected.


Updated: August 26, 2021

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NJ legal weed commission to issue new medical marijuana licenses this week

New Jersey medical marijuana patients could see their options doubled — while inching closer to legal weed sales — with regulators set to issue new licenses later this week.

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Friday is expected to award licenses for new medical marijuana cultivation centers, as well as licenses for vertically-integrated medical marijuana operations — where the license holder grows, manufactures and sells the drug, according to the commission's agenda for its meeting. 

The licenses are part of a 2019 request for applications by the state Department of Health, which oversaw the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program until the CRC was established. The process was halted for over a year due to a lawsuit by applicants whose applications were rejected due to a file format issue. 

The CRC did not announce exactly how many licenses are being awarded, but the 2019 RFA called for the state to issue 24 new licenses:

  • North Jersey: Five dispensaries, two cultivation facilities, one vertically-integrated license; 
  • Central Jersey: Five dispensaries, two cultivation facilities, one vertically-integrated license;
  • South Jersey: Five dispensaries, one cultivation facility, one vertically-integrated license; 
  • The 24th license will be awarded in a location based on where it's most needed. 
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (top row): Vice Chair Sam Delgado, Chair Dianna Houenou, Executive Director Jeff Brown; (bottom row) Charles Barker, Maria Del Cid-Kosso, Krista Nash

The new medical marijuana licenses have been a long time coming for medical marijuana patients and advocates who say the program has been handcuffed by its popularity.

Over 117,000 patients were registered in the program as of August, but the state only has 23 licensed dispensaries run by 10 different operators. 

Related: Legal weed dispensaries banned in 70% of NJ towns. So where will you buy marijuana?

Due to the supply and demand issues, some dispensaries have placed limits on popular strains that are well below what patients are legally allowed to purchase. And patients have reported hours-long lines for pick-up and surprise closures at their dispensaries due to limited supplies.

The medical marijuana license are key to New Jersey finally opening up legal weed sales for recreational purposes. Since medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries already have the products, officials believe it will be faster for them to simply "flip a switch" and open up sales to anyone over 21 than for the state to license new recreational-only operations.

It could take months for such operations to open their doors after trying to find a location, building out and waiting for cannabis plants to grow.

But the CRC will only allow a medical marijuana operator to begin selling to the general public if it can provide "clear and convincing evidence" that opening up for legal weed sales "shall not impact the availability of medical cannabis or medical cannabis products," according to rules and regulations adopted by the commission in August.

"We will create a very inclusive, entrepreneurial, and exceptional adult-use market, but we will not do that at the expense of the needs of the New Jersey medical cannabis patients," CRC Vice-Chairman Sam Delgado said at the commission's inaugural meeting earlier this year. "We're all here today based on the bedrock of understanding that patient needs are and will remain a top priority for this commission."

Mike Davis has spent the last decade covering New Jersey local news, marijuana legalization, transportation and a little bit of everything else. He's won a few awards that make his parents very proud. Contact him at [email protected] or @byMikeDavis on Twitter.

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What to expect now that marijuana is legal in NJ

Gov. Murphy: Recreational marijuana may not be for sale until 2022

News 12 Staff

Sep 21, 2021, 11:52pm

Updated on: Sep 27, 2021, 1:35pm

Gov. Phil Murphy says that it could be the middle of next year before recreational marijuana is for sale in New Jersey. The governor made the comments on News 12’s “Ask Gov. Murphy” on Tuesday.

The state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission was scheduled to open applications for marijuana businesses licenses this past weekend, but so far has not.

“We are on the threshold of the industry,” says Edmund DeVeaux, president of the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association. “This is the threshold. This is where we’re about to cross over into that great expanse that we call the adult-use market.”

But it is not known when the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will open applications.

RELATED: New Jersey regulators approve rules for recreational cannabis market

“There’s actually a couple of ways of looking at it. Are they allowed to begin issuing requests for applications? Must they issue requests for applications?” DeVeaux says.

DeVeaux says that he is optimistic that legal, recreational cannabis will be for sale soon. But the governor is not as optimistic, saying that it may not happen until 2022.

“First or second quarter from a medical dispensary and then a little bit behind that from a standalone retail shop,” Murphy said. “I think there's a very good chance, assuming the medical dispensaries can prove that they've got enough supply for their patients, that they'll be probably able to participate in the adult use cannabis before there are actually retail establishments, independently set up, but this is coming.”

New York state legalized marijuana in July and is starting its own market expected to come online also in 2022.

“I think we’re going to remain in the lead and I think we’re going to do well,” DeVeaux says.

The next Cannabis Regulatory Commission meeting is expected to be on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Politics

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EDITOR’S NOTE:NJ Cannabis Insider is hosting an in-person day-long conference and networking event Sept. 23 at the Carteret Performing Arts Center, featuring many of the state’s leading power players. Tickets are limited.

This week brought major progress in the long journey to launch legal weed sales in New Jersey, as the state’s powerful commission adopted its first rules and regulations.

But that leaves many wondering: Can I legally purchase it now?

Those eagerly awaiting the opening of dispensary doors will have to stay patient. But we do know one thing: With the rules now out, the commission must set a date within the next six months for legal sales to begin, according to the legalization law.

We just don’t have any hints right now as to when that date will be.

During a press conference following the commission’s meeting, the chair, Dianna Houenou, said that it will “take a little while” before sales can begin, as the commission is focused first on opening up the application process to license new businesses. She said that will be “forthcoming within the next few weeks.”

Many of the rules unveiled Thursday focus on social and racial equity in licensing new cannabis businesses and health and safety regulations.

But a section guiding consumers noted that those 21 and older can purchase and possess one ounce of cannabis products under the legalization law. The decriminalization law, which ended arrests and fines for possession, allows people to possess up to six ounces of marijuana without any legal consequences. The discrepancy comes from differences in the two pieces of legislation.

Licensing new businesses is vital to getting a robust industry running, but consumers won’t have to wait that long to start shopping. New Jersey’s established medical marijuana operators will likely get the first chance at selling to the public once they can prove they have enough product to meet both patient and adult demand. But a history of stagnation in the medical marijuana program will likely prove an obstacle here.

For years, the state only allowed for six dispensaries. Gov. Phil Murphy took office and doubled the number of companies operating in the state and allowed them to open up to three dispensaries each. But the number of patients ballooned, too, as more the state expanded the number of medical issues that qualify to use cannabis.

The state again tried to increase the program’s size in 2019, opening up a new licensing round that would add two dozen new medical marijuana licenses to grow, process or sell cannabis. But a lawsuit halted the process for more than a year, and the commission has not yet awarded new licenses — although they say an announcement is coming.

According to the regulations, the medical dispensaries must show they can legally grow, process and sell recreational marijuana in their home cities and towns, certify they have sufficient product to serve patients and customers 21 and older and that they will not make operational changes that favor the legal market over the medical one.

When determining a start date for these dispensaries to open their doors, the commission will consider the total number of patients in the state and enrollment at that specific dispensary, statewide and dispensary inventory, the amount of cannabis being grown in the state and at the facility, and the amount needed to serve patients.

When asked about supply, the commission’s executive director Jeff Brown said “supply in the medical market is stronger than it has ever been,” but also noted the increased demand from some 114,000 registered patients.

“There’s more to do there on a supply side, more so on an access side,” he said.

He did not give specific figures on the amount of cannabis being grown statewide currently.

Amanda Hoover may be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @amandahoovernj.

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