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Mon
25
Oct

Who will control legal marijuana sales in NJ? Local players or big companies?

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Manuel Caban is a lifelong Camden, New Jersey, resident who was arrested twice for marijuana offenses and a decade ago spent 30 days and then a year in prison for dealing.

That, he figures, makes him an ideal candidate for a license to sell cannabis now that New Jersey has legalized it with a focus on giving individuals who suffered under cannabis prohibition a solid path into the industry.

“I’m not a bad kid. I just got caught up selling weed,” said Caban, 38, who now runs a small catering business and intends to apply for a license to open a cannabis store in the city with two Camden friends, who also grew up poor in rough neighborhoods.

Wed
20
Oct

N.J. ‘Big Weed’ cannabis capers may limit minorities, locals

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Before recreational sales even get started, is New Jersey’s “budding” cannabis industry starting to resemble another regulated one that, too many times, has had competitors bringing out the knives against one another?

Many in South Jersey will recall an all-out war of words that developed a few years ago between Virtua Health and Cooper University hospital systems. Virtua had a growing multi-hospital footprint, while Cooper’s prestigious single acute-care hospital in Camden was the headquarters for a network of connected non-hospital properties. The parties sniped at each other, sometimes in court, over advertising claims, over which system would provide EMS transports in Camden City, and over which cardiac procedures they were authorized to perform.

Tue
12
Oct

NJ Marijuana Decriminalization-How To Confirm Your Record Has Been Expunged

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Since the beginning of July, the New Jersey Judiciary has expunged more than 362,000 marijuana and hashish cases from court records, potentially making life much easier for many folks seeking employment or housing. But, because the goal is to keep these records out of the public's eye, the only way for one to guarantee that their case has been expunged is through an in-person visit to the court. Adhering to part of the marijuana decriminalization law that took effect over the summer, New Jersey is in the middle of an awareness campaign aimed at informing impacted residents of the change and on educating them about how to receive a certification stating that their case has been cleared.

Fri
08
Oct

As NJ legal cannabis industry gets off the ground, some say getting a foot in the door is too difficult

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Predatory practices and local politics may be snuffing out potential players in New Jersey’s recreational marijuana industry.

Thu
07
Oct

Passaic tweaks cannabis regulations on home delivery, vets plans for cultivators

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In Passaic, entrepreneurs can grow, manufacture, package, wholesale and, in the newest incarnation of its marijuana ordinance, even deliver cannabis products. They just can't sell it at retail.  "No municipality in the state can prohibit the delivery to homes," Mayor Hector Lora said. Because New Jersey requires cities to allow cannabis delivery, the City Council introduced an amendment to its ordinance Tuesday to make it clear that home delivery is acceptable. The mayor said the city is dotting the i's to make sure its ordinance, which permits the cultivation, manufacturing and wholesaling of cannabis, follows state law.  It has high hopes that it will be able to land cannabis growers and the jobs that should come with such businesses. 

Wed
29
Sep

Marijuana company sues Broomfield clerk, 16 others over duplicated applications

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An applicant hopeful for one of Broomfield’s three lottery-based marijuana licenses filed a lawsuit Monday against the Broomfield city and county clerk and 16 other applicants after Broomfield declined to disqualify the entities which submitted multiple applications.

Centroid Holdings, Inc., which operates as Terrapin Care Station and submitted an application for one of Broomfield’s licenses, filed the lawsuit “to protect the citizens of Broomfield from a handful of entities failing to play by the rules,” Terrapin Communications Director Peter Marcus said.

Mon
27
Sep

State regulators take a big bite out of the marijuana market

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It’s been almost a year since New Jersey voters passed by a 2-1 margin a “Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana,” as it was misleadingly labeled.

Tue
21
Sep

Cannabis Task Force ‘overwhelmingly’ favors dispensary in town. Some residents push back.

At a public meeting on Saturday, Princeton Cannabis Task Force Chair and Councilmember Eve Niedergang GS ’85 said the “consensus” reached by the 24-member task force is “overwhelmingly that the benefits of having a dispensary in town outweighed the bad points.”

The meeting, held in Hinds Plaza, drew around 25 residents. Several members of the Cannabis Task Force — a group that includes council members, non-profit leaders, and business and citizen representatives — listened and tried to address locals’ objections to the prospect of allowing marijuana dispensaries to operate in the town.

Wed
15
Sep

New Jersey: Courts Expunge Over 360,000 Marijuana Cases

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New Jersey courts have either dismissed or vacated an estimated 362,000 marijuana cases since July 1, according to data provided by the state Judiciary and reported by NJ.com

The actions come just months after the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order providing for the automatic dismissal and expungement of certain marijuana offenses from people’s records. Democratic Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation into law in 2019 facilitating a process for the review and vacation of the criminal records of those previously convicted of low-level marijuana offenses. Governor Murphy signed separate into law this year legislation legalizing adult-use marijuana possession and sales.

Wed
15
Sep

N.J. approves new cannabis grow site, but 24 other weed business licenses continue to languish

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New Jersey’s cannabis regulators on Tuesday moved to streamline the licensing of new weed businesses and approved another marijuana grow site — but it did not announce the recipients of some two dozen businesses that have sat in limbo for nearly two years.

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