Recreational Marijuana Legislation Passes
Governor Phil Murphy signed three adult-use cannabis reform bills into law on Tuesday, February 22nd. The bills: 1) legalize and regulate cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older; 2) decriminalize marijuana and hashish possession; and 3) clarify marijuana and cannabis use and possession penalties for individuals younger than 21 years old.
The rules/regulations to implement the recent ballot question and legislation on recreational marijuana have not yet been published or adopted. The legislation signed by the Governor calls for the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) to promulgate rules and regulations to govern the Cannabis medical and adult-use industries, and oversee the applications for licensing of cannabis (marijuana) businesses. The CRC will announce an opportunity for public comment on the regulations/rules they draft.
Draft regulations will be published in the NJ Register. You can access the NJ Register through LexisNexis to learn how to access the register. Once draft rules and regulations are published there will be a public comment period where you or anyone from the public can provide feedback on the draft rules. After consideration of the public comments, the CRC will vote to adopt final rules and regulations. Learn more about the rule making process.