N.J.’s medical marijuana dispensaries say they could sell legal weed now if the state stops dragging its feet – NJ.com

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A group representing New Jersey’s medical marijuana dispensaries said the companies are ready to start selling weed to the public now — they just need approval from the state.

The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association posted on its website that the state’s alternative treatment centers have enough cannabis to meet both patient demand and that of a 21-and-older market.

The statement contradicts what New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission has said. When awarding new medical marijuana licenses this month, the commission’s Executive Director Jeff Brown laid out a familiar situation: a growing number of patients and a medical market that’s slow to keep up. In 2017, the dispensaries served an average of 3,200 patients. Now, that’s up to 5,300. Add in the fact that Jake Honig’s law, which expanded the medical marijuana program, increased purchase limits two years ago to compound the supply issues.

The commission will set a start date for legal sales, and has a statutory deadline of mid-February to do so. But there’s speculation they might miss it — the commission already blew a deadline to start accepting applications for

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