In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th US state to legalize medical marijuana when the Legislature passed the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA). Although it was signed into law soon, the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was stalled for up to 2 years before it was finally reopened in August 2012.
Recreational or adult-use cannabis became legal in New Jersey on Jan 1, 2021, after the Marijuana Legalization Amendment was approved by voters during the general elections in November 2020 with 67% voting in favor. Subsequently, the state of New Jersey proposed the constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for personal, non-medical use by adults aged 21 years and older, subject to regulation by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. The bill was passed by the legislature on December 17, 2020, and was finally signed into law by Governor Murphy on February 22, 2021.
Initial cannabis regulations were released on August 19, 2021, and the Cannabis Regulatory Commission began accepting applications for Class 5 Retailers from March 15, 2022. Applications for dispensary licenses in New Jersey are still being accepted on a rolling basis, but social equity applicants will be prioritized.
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