New Jersey governor wants several changes in medical cannabis bill

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy outlined at least five changes he’d like to see in a medical marijuana expansion bill currently under consideration by state lawmakers, including the elimination of a 6.625% sales tax within three years.

The changes, according to, provide more specifics than previously reported.

In addition to eliminating the sales tax, suggested changes include:

  • Increasing the number of cultivators from 23 in the current bill to 36.
  • Scratching the provision that would have allowed cannabis consumption lounges.
  • Allowing only dispensaries to offer home delivery.
  • Keeping program oversight with the state health department until 2021, then transitioning to a Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

Lawmakers are trying to hash out an agreement with the governor to avoid a potential veto of the bill.

In the meantime, Murphy’s administration has issued its own plan to expand New Jersey’s MMJ program.

For more details on how Murphy’s proposed changes compare to the current version of the bill, click here.