The long, winding road to legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use in New Jersey reached a milestone when Gov. Phil Murphy signed the necessary legislation on Monday. However, given the bureaucratic and infrastructural challenges, the end is not quite in sight; it’s reckoned it could be 2022 before legal sales of the drug and associated products begin.
Still, the governor has not been letting the grass grow under his feet in the drive to establish what potentially could be a $2 billion industry. On Thursday, he named three more people to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission to complete the five-person panel. The commission will create and enforce the statutes that govern New Jersey’s marijuana marketplace. It also will decide who gets the licenses to grow and sell marijuana in the Garden State.