The legislation set the framework for New Jersey to have a legal marijuana industry.: New Jersey’s Senate Judiciary Committee finessed a bill on the tertiary issue to treat underage drinking and underage marijuana use or possession as virtually the same. (A position we recommended by letter on January 15, 2021.) Therefore, both offenses would be subject to a written warning instead of fines or other charges. This issue is important to resolve since the specific language of the state constitution and related amendment would confirm that marijuana is “legal and subject to regulation effective January 1, 2021.” Thus, the two-bill package can be signed as law by Gov. Phil Murphy and launch New Jersey’s marijuana industry.
More medical pot dispensaries after the court ruling: Law back on track as appeals court lifted a 2019 order that halted the state from issuing any more licenses to medical marijuana dispensaries. Initially, it was planned to award 24 dispensary licenses before the lawsuit was filed and the resulting court order was signed. Currently, 13 dispensaries are qualified in the state to service the 100,000 registered medical marijuana patients.