Statement from the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association on the CRC’s announcement
to further delay opening the adult-use cannabis market
Trenton, N.J. (March 24, 2022) – The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association remains optimistic that the CRC will sooner rather than later open the adult-use cannabis market in New Jersey, though we admit to being disappointed with today’s decision to further continue its delay.
In November 2020, New Jerseyans made it very clear that they wanted a safe and legal adult-use cannabis marketplace in the state. It goes without saying that no one could have foreseen that some 16 months later, we would still be waiting to see this come to fruition.
When it comes down to it, it’s New Jersey’s citizens who are missing out. The adult-use market will be a huge boon to New Jersey’s economy. Additionally, this new industry is slated to create 19,000 new jobs, and taxes from a legal marketplace will support goals to promote social equity by providing economic assistance to impact zones that were disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs.
We continue to look forward to working side-by-side with the CRC to ensure a seamless transition to recreational sales for all parties.
For more information on NJCTA, go to NJCannabisTrade.org.
About New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association
New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association (NJCTA) represents 11 of the Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) in New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program. Our mission is to create a legal cannabis marketplace that works for everyone by fostering an industry that is not only safe, accessible, and affordable, but also equitable and just. Formed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and, given the gravity of the situation facing New Jersey’s growing medical marijuana patient population, NJCTA was created to provide a unified and streamlined voice for the ATCs in its interactions with the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH).