New Jersey consumers are closer to enjoying the benefits of cannabis consumption in public areas as regulators approved a set of rules on Friday for businesses that are looking to operate them, according to Heady NJ.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission CRC also approved fees for those interested in running them as well as over 120 new cannabis license applications, as well as requirements for areas where users will be able to legally consume recreational weed.
While the standard license costs about $5,000, those interested in a micro-business license would need to set aside $1,000.
The rule proposed balances equity and safety, executive director Jeff Brown said. He said additional changes to the proposal could be made within a 60 day comment period, depending on feedback that regulators get.
As long as it is not sold within the cannabis consumption areas, food would be permitted and alcohol and tobacco use would not be allowed.
According to a release from Le Service de Police de Laval SPL Cops, more than 2,200 cannabis plants, nearly 70 kg of cannabis resin and 1,314 kg of dried cannabis were found in two cannabis plantations in Laval, Quebec, and three men were arrested last week by Canadian law enforcement.
The SPL investigation found that those in charge of plantations didn't follow guidelines in addition to surpassing cannabis production limits, even though they were initially operating under a permit from Health Canada.
French lawmakers are expecting that hemp production could bring in between €1.5 billion and €2.5 billion in annual turnover, resulting in 18,000 to 20,000 jobs, according to Hemp Today.
After the passage of the resolution that would align hemp with the EU's Common Agriculture Policy and set up a strategy for the industry, Guillaume Gontard, president of the Senate environmental group said that industrial outlets for hemp are largely unexploited, as well as set up a strategy for the industry and come up with regulations for the CBD sector. After the issuance of a first summary judgment on the resolution, the Council of State is expected to make a final decision on the CBD framework early next year. The French will have to wait at least until 2024 to get the approval of the European Commission, said Ludovic Rachou, president of UIVEC, an extracts trade group.
Rachou s group is in discussions with authorities to set up a temporary framework for marketing CBD as a food ingredient in the following year.
Earlier this year, 31 senators co-signed a letter in the Le Monde looking at several options for legalization of cannabis in France.