New Jersey Cannabis Laws

Medical & Recreational Marijuana

Companies must be licensed by the state, as well as the local agencies (city and county) to open a medical or recreational marijuana business. Cities and counties can choose whether to license none or some business types (dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing, processing, transportation, etc.) Exporting marijuana to other states is currently illegal under state and federal laws.

As the recreational marijuana side of the industry was just made legal, the state has given itself 6 months to establish rules and regulations for licensing and operating any recreational marijuana business. The state will begin accepting accepting business license applications within 30 days after the initial rules and regulations have been adopted. So you should be preparing everything now to submit your licensing applications in the next 7+ months.

The industry is regulated by two different state agencies. Medical marijuana is regulated by the New Jersey Department of Health, while recreational marijuana is regulated by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC).

See the Resources section below for additional info.

CBD & Hemp

New Jersey has some of the most progressive laws and regulations for hemp and CBD products and companies. They even allow CBD to be added to food and beverages, which most other states don’t allow.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is responsible for regulating the cultivation and processing of hemp. There are no specific guidelines or required licenses for retail stores to sell CBD products, but that doesn’t mean you can do anything you want. The county and city where the business will be located may determine whether you can open and operate a CBD or hemp business within their borders or not. You’ll need to look up and verify those details yourself or with our help via a Starter Package.

See the Resources section below for additional info.

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