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New Jersey


For all new cannabis retail licenses, including medical marijuana, licenses will be awarded by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

There are two types of licenses that can be issued, permanent and conditional. Upon approval, the commission would issue the license within 30 days of receiving the notice of approval, unless the applicant is found to be non-compliant with the relevant regulations or local ordinances governing their business operations. The license would be valid for one year, after which it could be renewed by submitting a new application.

To obtain a conditional license, the applicant would not be required to comply with all regulatory requirements necessary for full licensure. However, they would need to provide adequate plans outlining the necessary steps to achieve compliance and obtain full licensure. Following the issuance of the conditional license, the licensee would have a 120-day period to demonstrate compliance with their plans to achieve full licensure. If compliance is demonstrated within the 120-day period, the conditional license would be replaced with a full annual license, valid for one year from its date of issuance.

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New Jersey has a relatively recent history of cannabis legalization. The state legalized medical marijuana in 2010, allowing patients with qualifying medical conditions to access and use cannabis for medical purposes.

In November 2020, voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, making New Jersey the first state in the Mid-Atlantic region to do so. The law allows for adults aged 21 and over to possess up to six ounces of marijuana, or an equivalent amount of cannabis products, and to cultivate up to six plants for personal use.

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are expected to begin in early 2022, with regulations being developed and licenses being issued in the interim. New Jersey has also taken steps to promote social equity in the cannabis industry, such as allocating a portion of cannabis tax revenue towards social justice initiatives and prioritizing licenses for those from communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. Overall, New Jersey has embraced cannabis legalization and regulation, allowing for both medical and recreational use while also promoting social equity in the industry.

LAST UPDATED 5/10/2023 – It’s important to remember that laws can be revised and updated frequently, so please keep this in mind.