NJ legal weed deadlines are approaching. What will the next year bring? – Asbury Park Press

The next six weeks will set the tone for the next year of legal weed in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission is set to meet Tuesday, at a time when marijuana is at the forefront of municipal government meetings as local officials try to figure out if and how deep they want to get involved in the cannabis industry. 

Towns have until Aug. 21 to pass ordinances opting out of the industry — banning marijuana sales and businesses — or altering their zoning laws to regulate where such businesses, like dispensaries, could be located. 

That same date is a deadline for the state commission to publish its rules and regulations for the legal weed industry, the first step before accepting proposals for issuing licenses for recreational marijuana businesses. 

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