EA select few cannabis retailers will be allowed to start selling recreational cannabis to people 21 and older on Thursday, April 21, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week.
New Jersey’s first legal weed for adult sales from April 21st
From April 21, adults aged 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
“This is an exciting time for New Jersey,” Jeff Brown, CEO of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, said in the press release. “Residents of New Jersey voted overwhelmingly for access to adult cannabis, and it’s here now. I am very proud of the work that the Commission has done over the past year to open up the market. We have been conscious and conscious of doing everything in our power to get the market off to a good start. ”
The stores must meet standards for social equality, including providing technical knowledge to new cannabis companies, especially applicants for social equality.
Social justice is the most important pillar of the law
“We remain committed to social justice”
“We remain committed to social justice,” said Commission President Dianna Houenou in the press release. “We promised to build this market on the pillars of social justice and security. Ultimately, we hope to see companies and a workforce that reflects the diversity of the state and local communities that will be positively impacted by this new and growing industry.”
Medical cannabis companies that have been approved (which also enabled a rapid shift to recreational) to open up the recreational market will be judged on diversity in employment and management, support for community programs, the number of new and local businesses they provide technical support to , and the percentage of suppliers or minorities owned by suppliers with whom they enter into contracts, i.a. Results are posted and updated regularly on the NJ-CRC website.
“We know that drug bans throughout history have had a disproportionate impact on black and brown societies (…)”
“We know that drug bans throughout history have had a disproportionate impact on black and brown communities – and they continue to do so,” said Wesley McWhite III in the press release, NJ-CRC Director of Diversity and Inclusion, who will be responsible for ensuring that ATCs are licensed for recreational purposes. use in accordance with the law. “A socially just cannabis market will have a significant representation of the employment and real estate communities, and these companies, which have benefited from the market for the last 12 years – and are now expanding into the lucrative recreational area – play a role in helping To achieve this… By making the standards and figures publicly available, clients, stakeholders, lawyers and the general public will have a clear picture of the equality and diversity efforts in the New Jersey market. “
Medical cannabis companies are the first to open up the recreational market, and NJ-CRC is committed to assessing them for diversity in employment and management, support for community programs, the number of new and local companies they provide technical support to, and the percentage of suppliers who own them, belonging to a minority or suppliers with whom they, among other things, enter into a contract.
A list of locations opening on 21 April will be published on the Commission’s website when the stores confirm the date of their operation.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission establishes and enforces the rules and regulations for licensing, cultivating, testing, selling and purchasing cannabis in the state.
New Jersey legalized cannabis in February 2021, a month before neighboring New York did the same.