Create an Equitable and Inclusive Cannabis Industry in New Jersey

In February 2021, New Jersey became the 13th state to legalize cannabis for adult use. Community activists, advocates, and an overwhelming majority of the public successfully pushed to not only legalize cannabis, but to do so in a way that begins to repair past harms and builds an inclusive and equitable marketplace.

We know from other states that have already legalized cannabis – it's important to prioritize an equitable and inclusive cannabis industry from the start. Now is the moment to chisel a cannabis industry that reflects the diversity of the Garden State.

Urge the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission to adopt our recommendations to ensure that cannabis revenue is effectively invested in communities harmed most by the War on Drugs, to conduct effective public education and outreach related to the new cannabis law and process, and to build equity into New Jersey's cannabis market.

To Members of New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission,

I’m urging you to build an inclusive and equitable cannabis industry by adopting ACLU of New Jersey’s recommendations, including to:

  • Solicit input from communities harmed most by the War on Drugs on how the Social Equity Excise Fee will be spent and ensure that the revenue is effectively invested in those communities.
  • Prioritize people and communities harmed most by cannabis criminalization in license applications, hiring, as well as access to start-up capital, fee waivers, and other opportunities.
  • Proactively conduct inclusive public education and outreach, and solicit input from communities harmed most by cannabis prohibition when adopting regulations.

Thank you for your consideration of these recommendations.