Regulatory Commission decided not to allow dispensaries to market to the public yet

US (NJ): "It is clear that we are not ready to open adult-use market"

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission decided on Thursday that medical cannabis dispensaries cannot yet market to the public. But the commission also decided that some companies can now start working on cultivating cannabis.

Rumors that the sale of adult-use cannabis could start soon in New Jersey were squashed with Thursday’s announcement.
“It is clear that we are not quite ready to open up the adult-use market in New Jersey,” said Commissioner Marina Del Cid-Kosso. “Some work still needs to be done, some important work,” said CRC executive director Jeff Brown.

The decision was a disappointment to many who are looking forward to getting started in the adult-use cannabis industry. “There’s always going to be frustration when you desire something and you don’t get it,” says Edmund DeVeaux, head of the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association. “This is a brand-new industry.”

The New Jersey Cannabusiness Association is the marijuana chamber of commerce. DeVeaux pointed to the 68 applications for cannabis cultivation, processing and lab work that were approved at Thursday’s virtual meeting.“There is a continual paperwork or paper trail, if you will, before we get to the actual planting of seeds. So all said, we're looking at another six months before we get actual seeds in the ground,” DeVeaux says.

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