A medical market that is strained by tens of thousands of new patients might be receiving the expansion it needs. Medical marijuana. The recent state Department of Health announcement spoke about expanding medical marijuana in New Jersey. There is a possibility of 108 new licenses to help ease the strain.
This expansion could also help form the foundation of a legal weed industry in the state. If the voters approve legalization on the ballot in November 2020, or if the state Legislature is able to approve it before that, the businesses who get the license will be the first to get access to the adult-use market.
“Right now, and I’ve spoken to a number of people, I think the biggest takeaway is New Jersey’s market is expanding and it’s not going to be limited to the very biggest players,” says Lee Vartan, an attorney with Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi.
There is indication from state leaders and Gov. Phil Murphy that many believe adult-use would be legalized. One example is from State Senate President Stephen Sweeney. He refers to medical expansion as a backdoor to legalization on numerous occasions as well as recognizing that medical expansion lays a foundation for a legal market.
Gov. Phil Murphy, in a memo, also stated that one of the changes in the medical expansion plan he’d like to see would be that the Health Department would oversee the program until Jan. 1, 2021 and then a new Cannabis Regulatory Commission would assume oversight.
Although there is the possibility of the legalization of marijuana, it is still not so unless medically provided.
Frank T. Luciano has been representing people accused of marijuana related issues for over 40 years. He is a lifetime member of the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and has been a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorney’s for many years. He is familiar with bail/detention procedures in Bergen (Hackensack), Passaic (Paterson) and Hudson (Jersey City) Counties. To get started with an initial consultation, contact Mr. Luciano today at 973-471-0004.