What's next for recreational marijuana? With passage of legislation, N.J. must hash out details – Jersey's Best

Marijuana plants grow inside the Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus, which provides marijuana for medicinal purposes. Photo courtesy of NJ Advance Media

On Nov. 3, 2020, New Jerseyans spoke and, by a two-thirds margin, voted in favor of the legalization of recreational marijuana effective Jan. 1, 2021With Bill A-21”  the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act  the Garden State, along with Arizona, Montana and South Dakota, became the four newest additions to the previous list of 11 states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia) which have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, decriminalized its use and removed it from the list of ‘Schedule I’ drugs. 

While New Jersey’s milestone decision marks the end of a years-long debate, experts believe that the real work now begins in terms of building a recreational marijuana industry, addressing a range of operational and policy issues, and creating a framework for the legal use of the drug  processes that could take the better part of this year to establish. 

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