The legal sale of cannabis has been established throughout New Jersey, a longtime dream of cannabis advocates. Now that it’s here, though, consumers are waking up to a possibly less-satisfactory reality for the New Jersey style of the pot business.
Just scoring some cannabis seems to require too much effort. We recently saw more than 20 would-be customers standing outside on a cold, drizzly day, waiting to enter a cannabis store. The line didn’t budge for more than 15 minutes.
When they can get some, cannabis users are paying what might be the highest legal prices in the nation. A recent Press article said 3.5 grams of the precious weed cost $55 to $60 here in South Jersey. That’s substantially higher than the five other states sampled and more than double the comparable price in Massachusetts of $22.
This sort of luxury cannabis market for the affluent is not what advocates had in mind when pushing for legalization. Chris Goldstein, an organizer for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told the N.J. Cannabis Regulatory Commission people making $14 an hour should be able to afford cannabis.
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