adult-use cannabis

Five out-of-state cannabis corporations that are Multi-State Operators (MSOs), were fined $360,000 for selling adult-use cannabis during patient-only hours.

Curaleaf, GTI Rise, Verano Zen Leaf, Acreage’s the Botanist, and Ascend were all fined several thousand dollars. They operate most of the New Jersey medical and adult-use cannabis dispensaries currently open.

It was “to the detriment of the medicinal patient population,” NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJCRC) Executive Director Jeff Brown said in a letter dated May 13th obtained by Bloomberg News. It was a private letter that Bloomberg requested from the government.

The fines date from April 21st to April 29th  of this year.

They were fined $10,000 a day for each day they broke the rule. According to Benzinga, Verano was fined $90,000 for nine days of breaking the rule. GTI and Ascend were fined $80,000. Acreage was fined $60,000, and Curaleaf was only fined $50,000

Ensuring patient-only hours was among the conditions the medical cannabis companies had to agree upon to sell adult-use cannabis.

Medical cannabis patient advocates were wary of the switch from medical cannabis only to adult-use sales for fear that patients would be ignored.

The NJCRC went to some lengths to ensure this would not happen by ensuring patient-only hours, exclusive patient products, and preferential patient parking.


These corporations that have been selling sub-par overpriced medical cannabis were very eager to enter the adult-use cannabis market despite contributing a negligible amount of money and effort to the 2020 adult-use cannabis legalization referendum campaign. Several of the MSOs mentioned above sought to get the public behind their desire to make more money selling adult-use cannabis.

Those who want more affordable cannabis in a market not dominated by a handful of large corporations from out of state were also not eager for the New Jersey adult-use cannabis market to open.

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