According to a report on, New Jersey’s Murphy Administration has started accepting applications from cannabis growers, product manufacturers and testing labs this week.

This is the first step that will usher in the legitimate marijuana industry that state voters endorsed in a referendum 13 months ago.

Within four hours of the application portal going live 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 500 people had established accounts, said Jeff Brown, executive director for the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. By the end of the business day, 635 had created accounts, commission spokeswoman Toni-Anne Blake said.

“We are happy to reach this milestone,” Brown added. “Applications are coming in, the platform is performing well, and we can officially mark the launch of the state’s recreational cannabis industry.”

The commission will start accepting applications for dispensary owners, the retail shops that will sell the cannabis products, on March 15th of 2022.

There are no deadlines and applications will be accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis, according to the commission.

Applicants who are owned by women, minorities and veterans will get reviewed and approved first, as well as from those who have been convicted of marijuana offenses and people from poor communities.

“In the eight months since the CRC was established, we have completed key tasks started under the Department of Health to increase supply and provide additional access for patients in the medicinal market,” Brown said. “Now we have begun accepting recreational cannabis business applications under our new rules which prioritize equity.”

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