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Deadline looms for decisions concerning New Jersey’s recreational cannabis sales

Since the legalization of adult use recreational marijuana, it seems like it’s been one deadline after the next. There’s another one coming up next month, one the cannabis industry in New Jersey has long waited for.

NJ legal weed: Home grow is a no-go, but advocates push to change that

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New Jersey is unlikely to allow its marijuana users or medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis plants at home, the new president of the state Senate said this month. 

State Sen. Nick Scutari, D-Union, was the main proponent of New Jersey marijuana legalization in the state Senate and was elected by his colleagues as the body's president this year. But speaking to a virtual webinar of cannabis industry entrepreneurs and experts, he said he "did not see (home grow) happening right now," repeated a common refrain that allowing "home grow" would only contribute to the black market and hold back the legal industry from taking off. 


COVID-19, Cannabis & Culture: The Rapid Evolution of Employment Law

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When discussing employment law in 2022, it is important to first consider its fluidity.

“What we’ve said today could change tomorrow,” says Catherine Wells, member and chair of the Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi P.C. Employment Law Group in West Orange.

“Employers need to ensure they remain mindful and updated on all of the changes in the law to remain compliant,” adds Joshua Weiner, partner and co-chair of the Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper P.C. Employment and Labor Law Group in Westfield.


Lightshade withdraws plan to open medical marijuana dispensary on Bloomfield Avenue

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The state rejected its permit for an alternative treatment center.

Lightshade Labs has withdrawn its zoning application to become the second medical marijuana dispensary in Montclair. 

The state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission notified the Colorado-based company on Dec. 7 that it was denying its application for an alternative treatment center license. The commission first received more than 100 applications for dispensaries in 2019, but reviews for those and other marijuana facility licenses were tied up by a court case until 2021. The commission ultimately awarded 30 dispensary licenses, spread throughout the state. 


State Regulators Grant License to Second Hoboken Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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New Jersey State regulators have approved the license application for a second company to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hoboken. The state license, approved earlier this month, is the last step in the process allowing Terrapin to open in the city. 

“We are thrilled to be moving forward with plans to bring critical cannabis medicine to patients in New Jersey,” said Chris Woods, owner and CEO of the Colorado based Terrapin.


‘Zero tolerance’ warning over medicinal cannabis


A warning has been issued by a local medical cannabis clinic that it will ban patients trying to use what it called ‘underhand’ means to try to obtain ‘double medication’.

Medicann – which operates clinics in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man – recently posted a statement on Facebook after what it described as a ‘potential issue’ affecting one of its clinics.

The company stressed that it was not acceptable to obtain multiple prescriptions from different sources simultaneously, and it advised patients currently obtaining prescriptions from the UK that they should not attempt to obtain one from Medicann until they were ready to switch to a local clinic and pharmacy.


Red Bank: $10K Cannabis Biz Fee On Table


A proposed $10,000 fee for licenses to grow, store or sell cannabis was flagged as possibly problematic by Red Bank’s borough attorney last week.

At the council’s workshop meeting last week, community planning Director Shawna Ebanks suggested an amendment to a recently enacted cannabis ordinance to create a licensing procedure and fee.


Dover passes ordinance to allow recreational marijuana businesses

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Cannabis businesses will be allowed to operate in town under new regulations approved at Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting. 

The 15-page ordinance, approved unanimously, establishes zoning codes and licensing requirements for recreational marijuana dispensaries. It also sets up an application process to open a dispensary in town.   

"A lot of people had input into this ordinance," said Alderman Eddie Correa. 

"We believe [this] is a thorough, very comprehensive piece of legislation. We believe it includes a lot of components for the applicants and has always put our community first."


Canna Business Services Announces to New Jersey Cannabis Business Applicants: Act Fast!

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Thinking about applying for a cannabis business license in New Jersey? According to Emily Seelman, Founder and CEO of Canna Business Services, you will need to act fast.

New Jersey is what we would consider a "competitive state" for licensing. This means that many MSOs (multi-state operators) and newcomers alike will be clamoring for licenses because the round opens quickly and priority will be given to those that get their applications in first. With the State's cap on cultivation licenses, limiting the number of licenses that will be awarded, hopeful applicants are aiming to submit the most robust and competitive applications possible.


New Jersey Set to Accept Cannabis Business License Applications

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New Jersey is finally going to start accepting licenses for recreational cannabis businesses, more than a year after the measure passed.

Cannabis regulators in New Jersey announced this week that the state would begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses next month, more than a year after voters in the state legalized recreational pot in the 2020 general election. At a meeting of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) on Tuesday, officials revealed applications for adult-use marijuana cultivators, processors and testing labs. 


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