New Jersey Marijuana Bills Includes Delivery, No Limit on Shops
New Jersey lawmakers are busy writing plans for the state's legal marijuana industry. Among them include bills that would immediately expunge past pot records, allow marijuana delivery, and allow an unlimited number of dispensaries.
The bills are part of an effort to untangle the state's early plan to regulate adult use marijuana. Introduced earlier this year, the rules for recreational use are being held separate from medical marijuana to meet the approval of the full Legislature and Gov. Phil Murphy.
Last week, the Legislature held an epic meeting to discuss marijuana bills. They came to an agreement on major points in the proposals and say they will be ready to present a plan to the governor in the next week. Here are a few points lawmakers say are included in the plan:
Delivery for both medical marijuana patients and recreational users. Gov. Murphy requested delivery as a way to increase access to patients but it is included in the adult-use bill as well.
Unlimited dispensary licenses. Though initial proposals capped the number of dispensaries at 120, that limit has since been removed from the bill.
A temporary advisory commission will govern marijuana in New Jersey. The five-member will watch over both markets with help from the Treasury Department.
Small businesses can qualify for micro-licenses. New Jersey wants to encourage small-scale growers, processors, and retailers by setting a much lower cost of entry. The bill calls for 10 percent of licenses to be micro-licenses.
Low-level marijuana crimes would be instantly expunged with legalization.