Governor Murphy Signs the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act into Law

Title:
Governor Murphy Signs the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act into Law
Publication:
Riker Danzig Cannabis Law Client Alert July 16, 2019
Attorneys:
Practice:

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Freehold, New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy signed the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act into law.  This Act substantially expands and reforms the Medical Marijuana Program in New Jersey.

Significant changes to the Medical Marijuana Program include, among other things:

The Act requires the CRC to issue a request for new permit applications within the first year of the effective date of the Act.  Importantly, the Act restricts the number and type of permits that the CRC may award within the first 18 months of the effective date of the Act.  For example, entities may only be awarded one permit of any type (cultivator, manufacturer, or dispensary)  and the number of cultivation permits – including those already awarded – shall be capped at 28.    After the initial 18-month period, an applicant will be permitted to concurrently hold more than one permit, and the CRC would be able to issue additional cultivation permits.  The CRC is permitted to periodically evaluate whether additional permits should be issued and administer further requests for applications.

The Act is named for Jake Honig, a resident of Howell, New Jersey who died at the age of seven due to brain cancer.  Prior to his death, Jake used medical cannabis to successfully manage and ease the symptoms of his illness; however, the monthly two-ounce limit under the law was not enough to provide him constant relief.  Since his passing, the Honig family has advocated for changes to the medical cannabis laws to help those suffering as their son did.

For more information regarding the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act and the changes to the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program, please contact Samuel Moulthrop at smoulthrop@riker.com, Mary Kathryn Roberts at mroberts@riker.com, Ryan Magee at rmagee@riker.com, or Cristin Boyle at cboyle@riker.com.

Riker Danzig Cannabis Law Practice

Samuel P. Moulthrop, Partner
smoulthrop@riker.com

Mary Kathryn Roberts, Partner
mroberts@riker.com

Jason D. Navarino, Partner
jnavarino@riker.com

Ryan M. Magee, Associate
rmagee@riker.com

Cristin M. Boyle, Associate
cboyle@riker.com

Hannah Greendyk, Associate
hgreendyk@riker.com