Earlier today New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a package of bills that create the rules and regulations regarding the state’s legal cannabis industry. The new laws follow last November’s statewide vote to legalize cannabis for all adults.

Reading and understanding the new rules, which run to hundreds of pages, is tough sledding. The package includes three separate bills. One sets up a new legalization regime, the other two reform the state’s enormous drug control apparatus. They are:

  • AS21/S21, which sets forth the rules and regulations for the legal industry
  • A1897, which reforms criminal and civil penalties for cannabis
  • A5342, which further reforms the criminal penalties for minors regarding cannabis

The details are summarized below. For a…

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