State regulators have disputed claims that Black applicants are being frozen out of the licensing process.

Monday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s revealed an updated budget for the rest of the fiscal year. The governor’s new balance sheet projects that cannabis sales will generate $4 million for state funds before the end of this fiscal year, June 30.

According to, the budget update suggests day one of NJ’s recreational market could be as soon as late April, and no later than July. But before NJ starts counting the spoils of its legal weed market, lawmakers and regulators must address concerns about how fair and equitable the industry will be.

Here’s the latest on New Jersey’s battle to ensure social equity in its legal cannabis…

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