New Jersey recreational marijuana sales wouldn’t start right after election

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New Jersey’s top medical marijuana regulator squashed the idea that recreational marijuana should be available immediately if an adult-use market is approved in Tuesday’s election.

According to, Jeff Brown, the chief of the state health department’s Medicinal Marijuana Program, said “opening up sales even a few months after the election would be a disaster and would really hurt access for patients who need this as medicine.”

Brown’s comments are in response to Sen. Nick Scutari’s statement this week that legislators and regulators might be able to “flip the switch” and allow adult-use stores to begin sales immediately after the vote.

Only 12 growers operate in relatively small facilities in the state, so meeting the surge in demand from New Jersey’s population of 8.9 million plus surrounding states would clean out the stores and hinder MMJ patients’ access if the program is rolled out too hastily, Brown reasoned.

He said the state’s medical marijuana program has about 10,000 pounds of medical marijuana available, both extracts and flower.

MMJ patients bought around 2,500 pounds in September and October, so at that rate, only about four months of supply is available.