NJ Senate President Nick Scutari (D-Union) and Senator Brian Stack (D-Hudson) announced there will be a public hearing on the implementation of New Jersey adult-use cannabis sales.
It will be tomorrow Thursday, May 12th at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room Four of the State House Annex in Trenton.
“This is an informational hearing on the implementation of the adult-use recreational cannabis market in New Jersey,” said Senator Scutari. “We are creating a new industry that will generate billions of dollars in economic activity, create thousands of jobs, and provide significant support for the communities impacted by the failed war on drugs. Now that the adult-use market is up and running, we want to determine what is working, what is planned, and what obstacles need to be rectified.”
Scutari was the main architect of both the medical and adult-use cannabis laws.
The hearing on adult-=use cannabis sales will include an accounting by officials from the NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJCRC), the input of adult-use cannabis sales and medical cannabis businesses, and a number of advocacy organizations and individuals.
The hearing will be conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Stack. It is the committee that worked on the cannabis legalization referendum enabling legislation when Scutari was the chairman. Scutari will rejoin the committee for the hearing.
“I expect this hearing to be productive,” said Senator Stack. “I want to see a cannabis market in New Jersey that operates safely, fairly, and effectively.”
The in-person session will be available online via the OLS homepage: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
The State Legislature’s website says “the committee will meet to hear testimony from invited guests on issues concerning the implementation of recreational cannabis in New Jersey. (Please note room change to Committee Room 4.)”
It is likely they only want to hear from invited guests and not those who arrive early to sign up to testify. However, that cannot be confirmed at this time.