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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in New Jersey?

Under the regulations, enacted as of January 18, 2010, New Jersey opened its doors for medical marijuana businesses - dispensary, cultivation, delivery, infused products, etc. However, applications for would-be entrepreneurs were closed on March 2011. Currently, the state has not indicated when they will accept new applications for their medical or recreational/adult-use programs. Until the state releases more information, there's only a few things you can do. See the next sections for details. 

    What can I do right now?

    To get ahead and be prepared for when the state re-opens the programs for medical and recreational, you should:

      • Read through the current regulations (linked at bottom of page) and determine what business type you'd like to have.
      • Get our free starter package to give you a general overview of what to expect when the state starts licensing marijuana businesses.
      • If you'll be seeking financing and investors or partners, you'll need a business plan to present to them right away. See our Marijuana Business Plans for New Jersey page for details and get a business plan to fit your needs.
      • If you're serious and want to determine what moves you can be making right now to get a leg up on the competition for licenses - get one of our marijuana business consultation packages and let our expert Associates review your situation and instruct on the intelligent moves you could be making now to increase your chances of winning licenses.

    How To Open a Dispensary in New Jersey

    Until the state opens their programs for licensing, these are the general steps to follow in setting up your dispensary business. Some of these can be taken care of now (business plan and incorporation), which would allow you to get a head-start on the process.

    1. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
    2. Create your Marijuana Dispensary Business Plan
    3. Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether licensing is possible in the prospective cities or counties.
    4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your dispensary and be completely legal and compliant.
    5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
    6. Contract with cultivators and/or extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

    How To Grow/Cultivate Marijuana Legally in New Jersey

    Same as Dispensary steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries and/or extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow marijuana for them.

    How To Start a Marijuana Infused Products or Marijuana Extractions Business In New Jersey

    Same as Dispensary steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries to provide your products to customers as well as contract with cultivators to grow marijuana for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

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