From: Cannabis Business Executive

At its public meeting on November 10, 2021, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission announced that on December 15, 2021 applicants for cultivation or manufacturing licenses can begin submitting applications and on March 15, 2022 applicants for retail dispensary licenses can begin submitting applications.  That staggered application process makes sense to help ensure that there will be product available in the market for retailers to sell. In a sharp break from the application process for medical licenses, the CRC made clear that it will ...

During its public meeting on November 9, 2021, the New Jersey CRC passed a resolution to begin accepting applications for adult use (recreational) testing, cultivation and manufacturing licenses on December 15, 2021.  License applications for retail dispensaries can be submitted beginning on March 15, 2022.  The CRC will review applications on a rolling basis and the application window will not close until another notice is released.

The CRC confirmed that apart from the statutorily set limit of 37 licenses for cultivation, there are no numerical limits imposed by the state on any ...

Published in Cannabis Business Executive

On August 19, 2021, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission adopted its initial rules for the adult use market, two days ahead of an August 21, 2021 deadline set by statute.  The new rules – all 160 pages of them – will be effective for one year until August 19, 2022.

The CRC previously announced that the initial rules would not be comprehensive and would focus on issues they deemed necessary to allow the industry to get off the ground.  Consistent with that message, the rules focus on the application process and the requirements for ...

On August 21, 2021, the NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission will issue its initial regulations to govern the adult use cannabis industry in New Jersey.  The CRC made that public announcement during its July 13, 2021, public meeting.  The August 21 rules release date is compelled by state law, but given the substantial amount of work required to set up the CRC and to prepare the numerous and detailed regulations required by statute, there was significant speculation in the state whether the CRC would be able to meet the deadline.

The CRC did admit that the initial regulations to be released on ...

  • June 28, 2021

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A newly proposed state law extending New Jersey town’s time to adopt local cannabis specific laws will likely cause problems for applicants who may need to submit their applications before towns are forced to take a position.

Under New Jersey’s adult use cannabis legislation, municipalities have until August 21, 2021 to adopt local ordinances setting zoning rules for cannabis establishments in each town. Under the statute, each of the State’s 565 municipalities has the right to adopt ...

In an important victory for the rights of medical marijuana users, on April 13, 2021, the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed an Appellate Division ruling, holding that a workers’ compensation judge may order employers in the State of New Jersey to reimburse injured employees for the cost of medical marijuana. Pashman Stein attorneys Alan Silber and Dillon J. McGuire represented several organizations as amici curiae before the New Jersey Supreme Court: (1) National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML); (2) Garden State–NORML (GS-NORML); (3) Coalition For ...

Access to banking for cannabis-related business has taken a significant step forward, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2021 (SAFE Banking Act of 2021) by a vote of 321-101. https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1996 .  Among other components, the bill bars federal banking regulators from penalizing banks that provide financial services to a legitimate cannabis-related business or services provider; permits banks to make loans to a legitimate cannabis related-related business; and makes clear ...

On April 12, 2021, the first public meeting of the NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) was held, which officially marks the transfer of power from the NJ Department of Health (DOH) to the CRC over New Jersey’s medical cannabis program and the start of its adult use industry.

In opening remarks, each of the CRC commissioners and its Executive Director emphasized that medical marijuana patients would be given priority over the adult use market.  The Executive Director emphasized that there was a need for more alternative treatment centers across the state and a need to have the ...

Under New Jersey’s recently enacted adult-use marijuana law, every municipality in the State has until August 21, 2021 to adopt local ordinances regulating marijuana businesses within their jurisdiction.  Local ordinances adopted prior to February 21, 2021 have been invalidated by state law.  If a municipality fails to adopt local ordinances by August 21, 2021, all classes of licensed marijuana operations will be permitted in that municipality.

Bayonne’s recent introduction of a proposed ordinance is a prime example of why potential applicants for licenses in New ...

Sean Mack, co-chair of the Cannabis & Hemp Law practice, and co-chair of the Litigation practice, at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was featured in a Q&A with Cheryl Miller in the Higher Law column on Law.com regarding New Jersey’s recent legislation regarding marijuana.

Please see below for excerpts from the conversation.

Higher Law: What are the key takeaways from these new laws?

Mack: This is transformative legislation. It's creating a whole new, potentially multibillion-dollar industry that's going to impact every area of legal profession. Obviously, regulatory law ...

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