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3 new recreational marijuana stores opening this week in New Jersey

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Three new recreational marijuana stores will be opening this week in New Jersey, including one location near the Jersey Shore. 

The stores making the transition under the Garden State Dispensary brand from medical marijuana to legal sales are located in Eatontown, Woodbridge and Union. The State Cannabis Regulatory Commission granted the company approval for sales back in May.
It brings a total of 16 stores selling adult-use marijuana throughout New Jersey starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. 
Many Jersey Shore communities banned the sale of recreational weed, forcing residents who want it to drive 50 miles to the closest locations. 

Cannabis events just might save Atlantic City


Atlantic City, New Jersey could boom as a destination for cannabis business conventions and other events.

Atlantic City, New Jersey could return to its original glory as a tourist destination with the boom of the Green Rush and the cannabis business events that follow. A city once dominated by the gambling industry is now facing its unknown future, and local experts think cannabis business-to-business events could solve that problem.


Introducing Cognitive Harmony Technologies: New platform levels playing field for cannabis licenses

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Digital Platform Launches for New Jersey Applicants; New York Pre-Sales Available

Calling all cannabis start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs!¬†Today,¬†Cognitive Harmony Technologies¬†(CHT) announced the launch and rollout of the CHT Accelerator to streamline the cannabis business license application process, making it as simple as filing taxes online. ¬†The company's game-changing service and platform offers materials, resources, live support, and guidance by industry leaders through every part of the process to allow all applicants ‚Äď regardless of the amount of investment capital - an alternative to compete effectively and at an affordable price, paving the way for a more equitable and just cannabis industry where small businesses have a fair shake.


Cannabis and franchising: Perfect together


Franchising Helps Entrepreneurs Navigate the Complicated Cannabis Industry

As a franchise consultant and a New Jersey resident, I have kept a watchful eye over the cannabis industry and cannabis franchises in particular. In November 2020, New Jersey residents overwhelmingly voted to legalize cannabis in the Garden State. On February 21, 2021, New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, signed three laws regarding the legalization of marijuana.


New Jersey lawmakers question top CRC official about cannabis prices, regulations


Both Democrats and Republicans repeatedly asked about regulations for setting up Workplace Impairment Recognition Experts.

Lawmakers on Thursday questioned the top staffer of New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission about pricing, workplace impairment tests and more during a highly-anticipated legislative hearing into the state’s nascent recreational market.

Jeff Brown, the CRC‚Äôs executive director, testified for nearly two hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate President Nick Scutari ‚ÄĒ the chief architect of legal cannabis efforts in the state. While Brown was joined by other top members of his staff, CRC commissioners were absent from the hearing. Chair Dianna Houenou had planned to attend but was ‚Äúunder the weather,‚ÄĚ Brown said.


How much did New Jerseyans spend on first day of cannabis sales? Yes, there was enough weed for everyone

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Last week New Jersey kicked off long-awaited recreational cannabis sales.

On the first day of sales, April 21, over 12,000 customers spent nearly $2 million for cannabis, according to NJ's Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC). (Benzinga)

Some worried about the availability of cannabis for both the recreational and medical markets, but there was plenty to go around. The MMJ supply remained strong, with 64,000 ounces of products sold to patients and their caregivers over the past month.


All eyes on New Jersey as it grapples with letting cops use cannabis


Growing chorus of officials want to ban officers from partaking in weed

During his decade in law enforcement, AJ Jacobs fell into a trap of cracking open a beer after a long, stressful shift in the suburbs of Phoenix.

Jacobs didn‚Äôt spend much time with his family ‚ÄĒ he had the ‚Äúsuper cop‚ÄĚ mentality to work all the time, he said.

But after 11 years on the force, he sustained a career-ending back injury, and turned to cannabis to alleviate the pain from five herniated discs in his back. He said marijuana also helped him work through PTSD, and he recommends it to police officers.


Nearly $1.9 million in cannabis, related products sold in NJ on 1st day of legal sales

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The Garden State raked in the green during the state’s first day of recreational marijuana sales.

More than 12,000 people headed to dispensaries and bought nearly $1.9 million worth of cannabis and cannabis products, according to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission. In the days since sales started on Thursday, lines have been steady at dispensaries.

‚ÄúWe expected sales to be substantial and the data shows that the market is effectively serving both adult-use consumers and patients,‚ÄĚ Jeff¬†Brown, executive director of the NJ-CRC, said. ‚ÄúWe continue to monitor inventory and access for patients and are prepared to take enforcement action against any ATC that does not meet the requirements for patient access and supply.‚ÄĚ


Rider professors give thoughts on marijuana legalization in college community

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Micah Rasmussen, the director of Rider’s Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics,  has been involved in the New Jersey political landscape since he graduated from Rider in 1992.

The political science professor organizes his classes to be a hub for political conversation with the party lines that often split local politics represented in his classroom. 

Yet in recent years, students in his classroom bipartisanly agreed to the recreational legalization of marijuana, something that went into effect in New Jersey for those 21 and older on April 21. 


Woodland Park to all municipal employees: Use of marijuana may lead to termination

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The municipality's 120 employees have been notified that if they use marijuana it could lead to their termination, Mayor Keith Kazmark said. 

"Regardless of this change in law, the Borough Council and I want to emphasize that all policies and procedures and rules and regulations applicable to the employees of the Borough of Woodland Park will remain the same," Kazmark said.

Although it does apply to all municipal employees, it is most likely to affect those who work for the police and public works departments, as they are subject to random drug tests, borough officials said.   

"Our police officers are responsible for ensuring our public safety, enforcing laws and serving as our protectors," Kazmark said. 


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