On November 3, 2020, New Jersey voters approved a Referendum to Legalize Marijuana by voting to approve a state constitutional amendment.
The newly passed amendment to Legalize Marijuana “growth, cultivation, processing, manufacturing, preparing, packaging, transferring, and retail purchasing and consumption of cannabis, or products created from or which include cannabis, by persons 21 years of age or older.”
The amendment will take effect on January 1, 2021, making New Jersey the first Mid-Atlantic state pass Marijuana Legalization. However, that does not mean that legal marijuana sales can be made on January 1st. The state legislature must first draft and pass a law, creating regulations that would govern the new recreational marijuana industry. The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), which already oversees New Jersey’s current medical marijuana program, will be responsible for regulating the cultivation, sale, and processing of recreational marijuana within the state.
While some suggest that a vote on regulation laws could be up to a year away, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D) suggests that a vote could happen as soon as this month.