Adult use of cannabis is now legal in New Jersey, cementing a key piece of Gov. Phil Murphy’s agenda and paving the way for what could be an impactful industry for commercial real estate.
The current version of the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act, which was passed by the state Legislature on December 17, 2020, provides a framework for legalizing recreational cannabis in the state, including six different classes of licenses to be considered by those looking to enter the cannabis business marketplace. As we discussed in Part I in our series on cannabis, early identification of an ideal region and/or municipality for the proposed licensed premises is critical to success. However, there are a host of other factors and potential snags that an applicant must take into consideration before selecting a location.
Insiders say the prospect of legalized recreational marijuana could have substantial benefits for New Jersey’s commercial real estate market, even with a long list of risks and complexities.
Insiders say that now is the time to discern which municipalities will be receptive to the prospect of legalized recreational cannabis, if and when it becomes a legal industry in New Jersey. That prospect is likely many months from being a reality, if not more, but the concept has the support of Gov. Phil Murphy and several well-known lawmakers.