N.J. legal weed rules are here. So when can I buy it? – NJ.com

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This week brought major progress in the long journey to launch legal weed sales in New Jersey, as the state’s powerful commission adopted its first rules and regulations.

But that leaves many wondering: Can I legally purchase it now?

Those eagerly awaiting the opening of dispensary doors will have to stay patient. But we do know one thing: With the rules now out, the commission must set a date within the next six months for legal sales to begin, according to the legalization law.

We just don’t have any hints right now as to when that date will be.

During a press conference following the commission’s meeting, the chair, Dianna Houenou, said that it will “take a little while” before sales can begin, as the commission is focused first on opening up the application process to license new businesses. She said that will be “forthcoming within the next few weeks.”

Many of the rules unveiled Thursday focus on social and racial equity in licensing new cannabis businesses and health and safety regulations.

But a

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