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 ...

From: Cannabis Business Executive, click here to view the full article.

Four days before NJ Governor Murphy signed into law legislation creating an adult use cannabis industry in New Jersey, a NJ appellate court issued a decision on February 18, 2021 resolving initial appeals from a 2019 round of medical marijuana license applications.  The decision allows that 2019 round of applications to move forward after significant delay, but more importantly for people interested in applying for an adult use license, the decision provides the first judicial guidance on a few common ...

After a series of delays, Governor Murphy signed into law today legislation first passed by the state legislature on December 17, 2020 to create an adult use cannabis industry in the state.  We previously highlighted many aspects of the law here. Under the law (and subject to possible extension), a newly forming Cannabis Regulatory Commission has until August 21, 2021 to issue initial rules and open the first application window for licenses for the new adult use cannabis industry.  The race to be ready for submitting applications is now officially on. 

For further information please ...

From: Cannabis Business Executive, click here to view the full article.

On December 17, 2020, both houses of New Jersey’s legislature passed companion bills to create a new regulatory framework to govern the cultivation, processing, distribution and sale of state legal marijuana.  The bill is expected to be promptly signed into law by Governor Murphy. This law will give effect to the constitutional amendment passed by New Jersey voters on November 3, 2020 to legalize personal use cannabis.

New Jersey’s adult use law provides opportunities for separate licenses for ...

NJ Senate and Assembly committees have now voted in favor of moving the personal use cannabis bills to full votes of the Legislature on Thursday December 17, 2020.  If passed on Thursday, it is expected that Governor Murphy will sign the bill into law soon thereafter.  A copy of the amended bill will be posted on our website as soon as it is made available.

According to the bill, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will have 180 days to release its rules and then begin accepting applications for licensure.

Please contact Sean Mack at smack@pashmanstein.com or 201.270.4919 for ...

In a historic vote, the US House of Representatives voted 228-164 in favor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act.

The MORE Act would decriminalize marijuana at the national level by removing it from the controlled substances list.  The Act would impose a 5% federal tax on marijuana sales to fund various services for individuals negatively impacted by the war on drugs.  The MORE Act also would authorize the Small Business Administration to provide SBA loans to state legal cannabis entities, which would provide a needed source of lower cost financing for ...

On November 3, 2020, voters in New Jersey passed a constitutional amendment legalizing the possession and use of marijuana by individuals over the age of 21. The New Jersey Legislature is now attempting to pass legislation to make that amendment a reality. If passed, the new law will essentially create a new protected category under New Jersey employment discrimination law.

The proposed bill contains two important provisions for New Jersey employers.

1) The bill would make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an individual because that person uses cannabis unless the ...

From: Cannabis Business Executive, click here to view the full article.

Within six days after voters approved the referendum to legalize cannabis in New Jersey, companion legislation was introduced and then passed through the initial committees in both the General Assembly and the Senate to formalize the legalization of adult use cannabis. Senators Scutari introduced Senate bill S-21 “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” and Representatives Quijano, Holley, Timberlake, McKnight, Danielsen introduced ...

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