Adult-use cannabis sales in New Jersey are set to commence on April 21 at 13 dispensaries run by current medical cannabis operators. Following the announcement, Gov. Phil Murphy (D), via Twitter, called it a “historic step” in the state’s work to “create a new cannabis industry.”
On Monday, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJ-CRC) approved applications from seven of the state’s medical cannabis operators to expand into adult-use operations. The NJ-CRC said the firms must first pass operational inspections and commission chair Dianna Houenou said she had received commitments from the companies that selling to all adults would not lead to “adverse effects” for patients.
Houenou on Thursday said the commission remains “committed to social equity” as the state moves from medical to adult-use sales.
“We promised to build this market on the pillars of social equity and safety. Ultimately, we hope to see businesses and a workforce that reflect the diversity of the state, and local communities that are positively impacted by this new and growing industry.” – Houenou in a statement
New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Executive Director Jeff Brown said officials “have been intentional and deliberate to do everything in our power to set the market on good footing to start.”
“This is an exciting time for New Jersey,” he said in a statement.
A list of locations set to open on April 21 will be posted on the NJ-CRC website as soon as the operators confirm the date on which they will begin operations.
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