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New Jersey Cannabis License Information

When are Cannabis Business License Applications Open in New Jersey

This amendment will take effect on January 1st, 2021. The Cannabis Regulatory Commission, once established, may create additional regulations to make effective the provisions of the amendment.

Types of Cannabis Business Licenses to Become Available in New Jersey

  • Cannabis Retailer
  • Cannabis testing facility
  • Cannabis Wholesaler
  • Cannabis processor
  • Cannabis Grower
  • Cannabis Delivery

Microgrower License in New Jersey

  • You can apply for a microgrower license type if:
  • Employ no more than 10 employees;
  • Operate a cannabis establishment occupying an area of no more than 2,500 square feet, and in the case of a cannabis grower, grow cannabis on an area no more than 2,500 square feet measured on a horizontal plane and grow above that plane not higher than 24 feet;
  • Possess no more than 1,000 cannabis plants each month, except that a cannabis distributor’s possession of cannabis plants for transportation shall not be subject to this limit;
  • Acquire and process each month, in the case of a cannabis processor, no more than 1,000 pounds of cannabis in dried form;
  • Acquire for resale each month, in the case of a cannabis wholesaler, no more than 1,000 pounds of cannabis in dried form, or the equivalent amount in any other form, or any combination thereof; and
  • Acquire for retail sale each month, in the case of a cannabis retailer, no more than 1,000 pounds of cannabis in dried form, or the equivalent amount in any other form, or any combination thereof.

Number of Business licenses allowed for the Cannabis industry in New Jersey?

New Jersey didn’t set a statewide capped number of licenses, contrary to many other states in the United States like Illinois and Arizona. Although it does not have a statewide limit for the number of licenses approved for adult-use businesses, leave it to the cities to say, they may govern their own numbers. <

Taxes in New Jersey for Cannabis

NJ marijuana taxes will apply the state’s sales tax of 6.625% to recreational cannabis, any additional state sales tax is prohibited. However, local governments may adopt an ordinance to impose an additional municipal tax on the sale, or any other form of transfer, of cannabis or products created from or which include cannabis. This municipal tax could be up to 2% on recreational cannabis.

New Jersey Public Question 1

New Jersey bills A21/S21 are being highly criticized for their lack of social equity. Under A21/S21 there’s no tax allocation for community reinvestment, no automatic expungement, no definition of ‘equity’ nor designation for licensing, no license expansion of mmj program, no home grow. New Jersey is one of the top three states for cannabis arrests. With the legislation not yet complete or passed. Licenses may not happen in New Jersey for over a year.

Home grow in NJ?

  • To Be Determined – so far no.

Social Equity in NJ Cannabis Laws?

  • Bare Minimum Criteria Towards Restorative Justice:
  • Expungement? To be determined
  • Social Equity Provisions? To be determined
  • Portion of Taxes Allocated to Community? To be determined

Not much has been determined so far, so stay tuned for updates regarding the cannabis regulations in NJ.

Cannabis Possession Rules in NJ

  • To be determined

Licenses Available:

  • Cannabis Retailer
  • Cannabis testing facility
  • Cannabis Wholesaler
  • Cannabis processor
  • Cannabis Grower
  • Cannabis Delivery