Chirali V. Patel Featured on News 12 Interview and Quoted in Article on August 21 Deadline for Municipalities in New Jersey to Opt Out of Sale of Adult-Use Marijuana


Chirali V. Patel, attorney in the Cannabis & Hemp practice as Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was featured in a News 12 interview, and quoted in the News 12 article, “New Jersey municipalities have until Aug. 21 to decide if cannabis businesses will be allowed."  The article discusses the August 21 deadline for municipalities in New Jersey to adopt ordinances to opt in or opt out of the sale of adult-use recreational marijuana and the uncertainty surrounding towns that choose to opt out.

“When you opt back in, you may be subject to whatever default rules the CRC has set forth,” says cannabis attorney Chirali Patel. “What they're not realizing is, waiting for the CRC to come out with regulations, isn't going to tell you anything more about your town. Those rules and regulations are actually going to be about the application process and things dealing with the industry side. It's not going to be about towns and their ordinances.”

Whether towns are opting in or out, they're using this time to draft ordinances. For towns opting in, the ordinances are laying out guidelines of how they would like to handle the sale of recreational marijuana.

“Towns actually have the ability to dictate what facilities they even want. They can opt out of one license type or any license type. It doesn't just have to be a total opt out,” says Patel.
If a town doesn’t take action by the Aug. 21 deadline, it will lose its say on whether cannabis businesses can set up shop in the town for five years and will have to abide by the rules set by the CRC.

It is unclear how a town would be able to opt back in later if it chooses to. Patel says that towns will be missing out on tax revenue and job creation if they opt out of allowing cannabis industries.

To view the interview and read the article, click here.

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