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New Jersey

Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No

2018 Medical Sales : $97,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : $284,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A

Noteworthy Information: 
{{COVID-19 Update: Medical cannabis dispensaries may remain open, and patients may pick up curbside. https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/general-public/governor-murphy-announces-statewide-stay-at-home-order-closure-of-all-non-essential-retail-businesses Caregiver fees also being reduced. }}

On March 25 2019, the vote in the State Senate to legalize marijuana in New Jersey was postponed due to lack of support, as the bill did not have enough votes to pass. On March 12, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Senator Scutari, and Assemblywoman Quijano announced an agreement on broad outlines to legalize adult-use marijuana in New Jersey. Recreational marijuana would be subject to an excise tax of $42 per ounce. Municipalities where cannabis businesses are located would receive revenue from a percentage of tax on the products. Adult-use marijuana would be governed by a Cannabis Regulatory Commission. It isn’t yet clear when, if passed, the bill would go into effect. New Jersey has a small but established medical dispensary structure. It is also one of the most expensive cannabis programs, likely due to lack of competition. On March 27, 2018, Governor Murphy announced major reforms outlined in a report in response to Executive Order #6 which directed a comprehensive review of the program. Five new qualifying debilitating medical conditions were also added. The Dept. of Health will be accepting requests from existing Alternative Treatment Centers for waivers to allow satellite locations.

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes (New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. New Jersey Department of Agriculture also has enforcement oversight)

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): Called an ‘Alternative Treatment Center’ (“ATC”). A minimum of 6 required (6 issued) (All 6 are now operational)

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): N/A encompassed by alternative treatment centers

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): N/A encompassed by alternative treatment centers

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): N/A The Medical Marijuana Program itself does all testing. There is no license type for testing labs.

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: There is a statutory required minimum of 2 in north, 2 in the middle, and 2 in the south of the state

Application Fee: 
Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) Application Fee: $2,000
Patient Registration Fees: $200 (valid for 2 years)
Caregiver Registration Fees: $200 (valid for 2 years)

Licensing Fees: 
Alternative Treatment Center (“ATC”) license fee= $18,000 (check must be submitted with application, but will be destroyed if denied).
ATC annual permit renewal application fee= $20,000. 
ATC Change of location fee=$10,000.
ATC modification of premises fee= $2,000.
Transfer of ownership fee= $20,000.

Residency Requirements: 
No clear rule regarding residency requirements for owner

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 
Chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders
Chronic pain of visceral origin
Tourette’s Syndrome
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis
Terminal cancer
Muscular dystrophy
Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
Terminal illness, if the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life.

The following conditions apply, if the patient is resistant to, or intolerant to, conventional therapy:
a. Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
b. Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity
c. Glaucoma
d. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The following conditions apply, if severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome results from the condition or its treatment:
a. Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
b. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
c. Cancer

Testing Required: 
Required only to submit to testing when requested (The Medical Marijuana Program itself does all testing, and may do so when it chooses.)


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