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A report from the New York Post explains that New Jersey state regulators have officially allowed seven medical cannabis dispensaries to branch out and begin selling recreational weed.
Marijuana’s legality and legal distribution in New Jersey has been a roller coaster, with no end in sight. The first loop-de-loop was when towns in the state decided to ban recreational weed before it was even legal.
Just a few years ago, New Jersey State Senator Ronald Rice said weed can kill you if you get “too high.”
It wasn’t until just over a year ago when the majority of New Jersey residents voted in favor of legalizing recreational cannabis, something the state government has tried to avoid.
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According to the New York Post, when the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission gave medical dispensaries the green light to sell recreational weed, the state became the third on the East Coast to legalize the sale and distribution of adult-use cannabis.
There are still a few hurdles medical dispensaries have to jump in order to begin pushing recreational sales, one of which is receiving updated conditional licenses that allow existing storefronts to move into the recreational market.
Furthermore, there’s a lingering worry that medical dispensaries will either not have enough products to go around or have enough medicine for the 130,000 existing medical patients in New Jersey.
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New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission chairperson, Dianna Houenou, explains, “These approvals were given based on commitments from the ATCs that we would not see adverse effects with expansion.”
She added, “Expansion into the adult-use market — with a substantial advantageous start ahead of new applicants — is a privilege that must not be taken lightly.”
New Jersey’s 6.625% sales tax on marijuana will continue when medical dispensaries begin expanding into recreational sales. Reports say that 70% of the sales tax revenue will go towards disproportionately-impacted communities most affected by the war on drugs.