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With Pot Opt-Outs, NJ Towns Keep Residents From Entering Business

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Municipalities in New Jersey that opt of allowing legal marijuana sales within their borders don’t just block such businesses. They could keep residents from establishing businesses in the industry at all.

The rules adopted for the recreational adult-use marijuana by the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission have been largely applauded, and a Wednesday online forum hosted by the Stockton University Cannabis & Hemp Research Initiative was on different.


Social Justice Organizations Host Expungement Clinic in New Jersey

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Social justice advocates in New Jersey are flocking together to hold a special, free expungement clinic at Doubletree by Hilton Penn Station Hotel in Newark.

The clinic will be held on Tuesday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Those who attend will get free support on how to expunge low-level cannabis convictions now that cannabis is legal in the state. 


August Township Committee meetings focus on COVID, food trucks, and cannabis

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At its two bi-monthly meetings in August, the Hopewell Township Committee discussed COVID cases, food truck licenses, and the next phase of the cannabis ordinance.

As the COVID Delta variant continues to prolong the pandemic, Township Health Officer Dawn Marling explained at the August 2 meeting that Hopewell has seen a spike within its own residents. “We were doing about four cases a week during July, and I had five cases this past weekend, so that was a big uptick there. We are seeing cases among vaccinated residents, but again, given that a large number of our residents are vaccinated, that’s not unexpected,” Marling said.


Somerset cannabis and music festival earns zoning board OK, still lacks alcohol license

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The Board of Selectmen has still not granted a temporary alcohol license to the company planning to throw a music festival and cannabis cultivation competition in Somerset, tabling the discussion for a second time with just over a week to go before the event.

“The long and short of it is there are things that still have to be done. Time is short with this,” Chair of the board Lorne Lawless said during a board meeting on Wednesday night.

Last week, the CEO of local dispensary Solar Therapeutics, which is planning to hold its Cultivators Cup event in early September, presented a safety plan for the event.


Hopewell Township will temporarily prohibit recreational cannabis

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Hopewell Township is prohibiting all six cannabis business class licenses – for now.

Members of the Township Committee adopted an ordinance prohibiting any cannabis class business from operating in the township during a virtual meeting held Aug. 16. The ordinance’s adoption is before the state deadline for municipalities to opt in or opt out of recreational cannabis.


N.J.’s weed industry rules will come this week, bringing state a big step closer to legal sales

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New Jersey’s commission to regulate the sale of cannabis this week will adopt its initial rules and regulations, marking a milestone in the years-long effort to launch legal weed sales in the Garden State.


South River allows marijuana grow facilities, but no retail

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SOUTH RIVER – The borough will allow licensed facilities to grow and process marijuana wholesale, but will not permit retail pot stores to open.

The Borough Council unanimously approved two ordinances earlier this month that allow certain licensed marijuana facilities to operate in nonresidential areas in the borough. 

"By allowing this, you're bringing in manufacturing, which is the largest tax revenue this town will actually see," Councilman Peter Guindi said. "Besides what the town may implement once this does come into our town, the state actually not only supersedes us, but they have even stricter rules and regulations. I can tell you that this is something where it's not going to be a storefront, nobody's going to be allowed in it."


Edison ready to welcome marijuana businesses. Here's where and how

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EDISON – Township officials are looking to allow all classes of marijuana businesses in one section of the municipality, but those interested in operating them will have to pay hefty annual licensing fees.

Last week the Township Council introduced an ordinance regulating the number of licensed cannabis businesses in the township, along with their location, manner, times of operation and licensing requirements. 

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in the council chambers.

The ordinance sets the annual license fee at $2,500 for cannabis delivery businesses. That fee increases to $7,500 a year for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors; $10,000 annually for retailers and tops off at $15,000 for cultivators.


New Jersey Courts Vacate Almost 88,000 Marijuana Cases

Nearly 88,000 marijuana convictions and pending cases have been vacated or dismissed since July 1, 2021, the New Jersey Judiciary announced on Monday.

These are the first of up to 360,000 cases and convictions that are eligible for vacation, dismissal and automatic expungement “in the coming months.”


N.J. has dismissed 88K weed cases under new marijuana law

New Jersey has vacated or dismissed tens of thousands of marijuana convictions as the state continues to work out the details of its new legal cannabis market.

The state Judiciary has dealt with 88,000 cases so far, it announced Monday evening. These are the first wave of an estimated 360,000 identified that qualify for expungement.

Cases that have been vacated or dismissed still need to be expunged. That’s the step that ultimately clears a person’s record. That phase will come in the next few months, according to the judiciary.


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