Cannabis Opportunities In New Jersey

New Legislation Passed That Legalized Recreational Marijuana

New Jersey
Jay Matos
Marijuana Lobbyist & Expert
About The Highway Company

The Highway Company are cannabis experts and business consultant with a deep understanding of cannabis laws, rules, and regulations across the local, state and federal level. For more than a decade, we have served as advocates, educators, and lobbyists to a multitude of business owners & government officials.

Current Laws In New Jersey

Medical Marijuana: Yes

Recreational Marijuana: No

Decriminalized: -

In-Home Cultivation: -

New Jersey legalization headed to 2020 ballot

On December 16, 2019, supermajorities in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly approved a resolution that will refer to voters the question of legalizing marijuana for adults’ use. While MPP strongly preferred a 147-page bill, which included important provisions for equity and would have taken effect sooner, the necessary Senate votes were unfortunately not there for that approach, and the voter referral appeared to be the only path to legalize cannabis in New Jersey.

The proposed constitutional amendment (SCR 183) is narrow in focus, as is required by New Jersey law, and seems to require implementing legislation. If approved by New Jersey voters on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the measure would:

legalize regulated cannabis for adults 21 and older while keeping unregulated cannabis illegal;

charge the legislature with authorizing the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, or a successor agency, to regulate legal cannabis;

limit state taxes on retail sales to the sales tax rate, which is currently 6.625%; and

allow municipal retail taxes of up to 2%.

Meanwhile, other reforms are moving forward. Also, on December 16, 2019, the legislature approved a “clean slate” expungement bill, to allow those with cannabis and other convictions to more easily remove from public view the scarlet letter that derails job and housing prospects. Gov. Murphy signed the bill into law two days later. Among other improvements, S.4151 requires the courts — with help from an expert task force — to develop and implement an automatic sealing process for most marijuana offenses.

In New Jersey, simple possession of marijuana is still punishable by up to six months in jail. As data compiled by the ACLU-NJ shows, 94 individuals are arrested every day for marijuana in New Jersey. Unless the legislature acts, more than 30,000 individuals will face traumatic arrests and prosecutions while voters wait for Election Day.

Medical cannabis program expanded

On June 2, 2019, Gov. Phil Murphy signed A20, also known as Jake’s Law — named after Jake Honig, a pediatric patient who used medical marijuana during his battle with cancer. The law institutes many much needed reforms to the medical marijuana program, including:

expanding qualifying conditions, including by adding chronic pain;

providing anti-discrimination protections, including related to education, rental housing, professional licensing, and employment;

expanding access, including by increasing the number of cultivators, retailers, and manufacturers; and

allowing home delivery.

A more detailed summary of the changes can be found by our friends at MPP here.

Cannabis Opportunities In New Jersey

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Coming from a lobbyist background, finding Cashless Cannabis™ & Bud Bank™, and being in the industry for a decade gives our partners an advantage by:

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  • Hiring & Training Staff
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Our Services

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