NJ regulators approve first rules for marijuana market

The rules show an effort to prioritize small businesses

New Jersey now has its first set of rules regulating the recreational marijuana market nine months after voters approved legalization of the industry by a 2-to-1 margin and six months after Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to both legalize and decriminalize the drug.

The state Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Thursday released initial rules to set up the market for the next year, putting New Jersey a step closer to recreational sale of marijuana for adults ages 21 and older. The rules show an effort to prioritize small businesses. The first people likely to sell recreational pot would be medical marijuana dispensaries and there are rules for them too.

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