New Jersey is the “linchpin” for coming recreational marijuana legalization on the East Coast, a panel of industry experts said Tuesday on the second day of MJBizConNEXT Direct, Marijuana Business Daily‘s three-day virtual cannabis business conference.

Panelist Rob DiPisa, partner and co-chair of cannabis law group Cole Schotz, called New Jersey a “hot market” that has continuously expanded its medical marijuana program and, therefore, has the infrastructure in place for a successful recreational program.

Bridget Hill-Zayat, counsel for Denver-based Hoban Law Group, said Pennsylvania might see momentum toward adult-use legalization because of the state’s massive budget shortfall amid the pandemic.

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