%related-post-2% While Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia intend to allow online cannabis sales, Alberta and Quebec have been more specific in their intent to control online sales.
Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories are still consulting the public regarding policy specifics.
That’s more than the nation’s annual private sector and government-owned alcohol sales of CA.3 billion.
As more people have access to legal pot — and consume less alcohol as a result — that gap could increase even more. Despite the excitement surrounding recreational marijuana legalization in Canada, there is still a lot of work to do — work that could realistically push the planned legislation well past its planned July launch date.
Politicians use their first 100 days in office as a timeframe to institute new policies.
But can legalization of New Jersey marijuana happen that fast?
Alberta will allow private sales, as well, but the retailers must be physically separate from retailers that sell alcohol, tobacco, or pharmaceuticals.
With July creeping up quickly, there are many questions regarding specific details of the new legislation.
As reports, Scutari’s bill only requires a minimum of one marijuana license for each county, with enough total establishments to “ensure that there are adequate licensed premises to serve the market demands of the county during the peak seasons.” Since a mere six dispensaries currently serve all of New Jersey’s 15,000 medical marijuana patients, existing businesses — like vape shops, paraphernalia stores, and those same six dispensaries — might leapfrog new businesses when it comes to obtaining recreational licenses. While Murphy has pledged to sign legalization legislation within 100 days of taking office, the process could actually take longer than that.
Legislators are expected to begin working on amendments to Scutari's bill within the first few weeks of Murphy’s term, and a series of committee hearings are also scheduled in the months after the bill is introduced, meaning the bill likely wouldn’t be voted on until at least March or April — though it’s possible the bill might not actually be voted on and signed until June.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer projects a demand of 650,000 kilograms.
According to one influential research firm, however, demand for weed will be much higher those estimates.