Several states have already passed laws to approve recreational marijuana use. New Jersey and 18 other counties will follow suit. By April 21, 2022, recreational marijuana sales for those 21 and older will begin in New Jersey. (source)
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said, "This is a historic step in our work to create a new cannabis industry."
The announcement comes three days after state administrators greenlighted permits for seven facilities. These New Jersey companies already sell medical cannabis. And will begin retailing recreational marijuana. Several other states will legalize recreational weed by April 21 and some by July 1, 2022. (source)
The 18 states (plus Washington D.C.) with legal recreational weed are:
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
There are about 130,000 medical marijuana patients in New Jersey. Plus, an estimated 800,000 potential recreational consumers and fewer tourism consumers. (source)
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