New Jersey

New Jersey is Accepting Applications for Additional Medical Cannabis Businesses

The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) is accepting applications for 24 new medical cannabis alternative treatment centers that will be dispersed across three (3) regions in the state. New Jersey will issue 15 dispensary permits, 5 cultivation permits and 4 vertically integrated permits that authorize cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary activities. The number of new permits is significantly lower than the 108 permits that the DOH announced would be available in the beginning of June.

The DOH stated that the new ATCs are needed as 30,000 new patients enrolled in the medical cannabis program since the state expanded the eligible medical conditions to include chronic pain, anxiety, migraine, and Tourette syndrome. As of July 1, 2019, there are a total of 49,000 patients enrolled in the medical cannabis program.

New Jersey’s medical cannabis program currently has six (6) alternative treatment centers that are operational in Egg Harbor Township, Montclair, Woodbridge, Cranbury, Secaucus and Bellmawr. The state awarded six (6) additional ATC permits in 2018. The new ATCs will be distributed evenly across the Northern Region, Central Region and Southern Region with one additional vertically integrated permit that will be available based upon patient need and the applicant’s total score.

In recent weeks, New Jersey municipalities have approved conditional use permits for medical cannabis operations in Vineland and Monroe. Other New Jersey cities have recently adopted ordinances to permit medical cannabis businesses including Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, Rochelle Park, Penns Grove, and Barrington.

A few notable items from the request for application are provided below:

  • The state’s scoring methodology mirrors the state’s recent recreational cannabis legislation by offering significant points for applicants that enter into labor agreements, are women, minority or vet owned businesses, and that intend to create jobs in economically disadvantaged areas. The state will also award significant points to applicants that have experience operating a cannabis operation in compliance with a government regulated cannabis program.

  • New Jersey’s application process requires disclosure of a broad spectrum of entities associated with the applicant including

    • persons or businesses with over 5% direct and indirect ownership including interests in profits or land;

    • persons who are authorized to direct the organization or its policies;

    • employees, principal officers, directors, owners and board members; and

    • contract for intellectual property, land, management and funding.

  • A person or business may only receive one permit, and the number of applications that may be submitted are limited.

  • Applications are required to be submitted by August 22, 2019.

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New Jersey Delays Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

The canceling of the New Jersey Assembly vote to legalize recreational cannabis reinforces the difficulty in using the state legislature, rather than the ballot, to legalize marijuana. Lawmakers represent constituents and interests that they represent when drafting and enacting legislation. Whereas, voters act on what is put before them, and they will generally accept the conditions. In this instance, the redistribution of future cannabis revenues has scuttled New Jersey’s progress.

New Jersey’s proposed legislation to legalize recreational cannabis is progressive, and goes further than most states in designating a percentage of licenses for women, minorities and disabled vets. The legislation also automatically provides for the expungement of prior convictions. As we see it, everyone in New Jersey wants their slice of the pie. The problem is that, unlike Trivial Pursuit, it is very difficult to place all of the pieces together side-by-side given the different incentives and motivations for the state, legislatures, advocates and residents.

In the ideal world advocacy and social justice would drive the industry’s build out and pricing. However, states that allow local municipalities to opt-out introduce a new level of inequality and over-concentration of cannabis activity in economically disadvantaged municipalities. New Jersey’s legislation attempts to address social injustice and economic equality by providing persons who live in a disadvantaged area and earn less than $200,000 with priority in the application process. This solution has two problems. First, it would promote an over-concentration of cannabis facilities in economically disadvantaged areas. Second, the income cap is probably too high to capture economically disadvantaged persons. We question why the legislation does not require municipalities, especially those such as Jersey City or Hoboken, to adopt a social equity program prior to establishing the license allocation process. Using this approach, those persons would be able to benefit from opening a cannabis establishment in someone else’s backyard.

Finally, we believe that the state and local interest in generating tax revenues creates a conflict with providing licenses to mom and pop shops. Established national businesses that have access to lots of capital can accelerate the sales in the state, and increase tax revenues. We believe that it would be in the best interest of all parties to encourage these national businesses to infuse capital and know how into these social equity licenses, which could benefit both the advocates and the revenue seekers. Perhaps only the New Jersey voter will be able to solve this problem, and legalize recreational cannabis in November.

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7 Facts About Obtaining a Cannabis License Under New Jersey's Adult Use Legalization Bill

Tomorrow at noon, you can watch the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee review the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act. The Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act legalizes recreational marijuana, expedites expungement proceedings for persons previously convicted of cannabis crimes, and creates the Cannabis Regulatory Commission to oversee the recreational and medical marijuana industries.

The proposed legislation is progressive in that it prioritizes applications for New Jersey residents who live in an economically and socially disadvantaged areas, or persons who utilize union labor. The bill also allocates a certain percentage of licenses for New Jersey residents who are (1) minorities, women or disabled veterans, (2) within certain income ranges, and (3) who want to operate an micobusiness.

The Commission will have six months to adopt initial rules, and thirty (30) days after the adoption to accept applications. Permanent rules must be adopted the following year. The legislation creates a regulatory framework for creating four (4) classes of licenses to serve as a grower, processor wholesaler or retailer. Initially, New Jersey will establish a process to quickly issue conditional licenses. Conditional licenses will account for thirty-five percent of the each class, and persons applying for a conditional license must have a plan for complying with all local and state rules. Persons applying for full licenses must be in compliance with all local rules and regulations prior to the Commission’s approval of the license.

Seven (7) things that you should know about the legislation includes:

  • The legislation priorities applications of persons who has resided in an impact zones for three years prior to submitting an application, and those who intend to use union labor. Impact zones must have a population of at least 120,000 people; ranks in the top third of New Jersey cities for small possession arrests in the year preceding the bill taking effect; a crime index of 1000 or higher, and whose unemployment rate is ranked in the top 15% in New Jersey.

  • The legislation creates an Office of Minority, Disabled Veterans, and Women Cannabis Business Development that is responsible for creating policies and procedures for certifying minority, disabled veterans, and woman owned businesses including the formulation of a social equity program designed to ensure that persons from economically and socially disadvantaged communities receive at least 30% of the new recreational retail licenses and 30% new of the medical cannabis licenses. The Office would also be responsible for ensuring that at least 15% of the licenses are provided to minority, disabled veterans or women owned certified cannabis businesses.

  • The legislature requires that 35% of the licenses for each class would be conditional licenses be granted to a significantly involved persons who are New Jersey residents for two years prior to the submission of the application, and the person’s wages during this period must not exceed $200,000 a year or $400,000 a year if filing a joint return. The significantly involved person must own at least 5% of an investment interest or a group of people who own at least 20% and has the authority to make controlling decisions.

  • The legislation requires that 10% of the licenses in each class or 25% of the overall licenses would be designated for microbusinesses. Microbusiness licenses may only be held by persons who have been residents of New Jersey for two years prior to the date the application is submitted. The microbusiness license can also be a conditional license.

  • Local municipalities may elect to prohibit cannabis establishments or certain activities. Local ordinances prohibiting cannabis activities that were adopted prior to the bill’s enactment are null and void. Cannabis activities will be allowed in cities that fail to adopt an ordinance within six (6) months of the Commission’s adoption of the initial rules.

  • The bill authorizes indoor and outdoor consumption areas.

  • A state sales tax of 5.375 percent will be charged on the retail sale of recreational cannabis items. This tax is in addition to the current sales tax of 6.625 percent. Local municipalities may adopt an ordinance to charge an additional 2 percent sales tax on recreational cannabis.

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Hoboken, New Jersey to Decide on Whether To Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Tomorrow

The Hoboken City Council will meet tomorrow to decide whether to permit medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The city will vote on the third and final reading of the medical marijuana ordinance. The ordinance will permit three (3) dispensaries within designated areas in the city. The city has been approached by several organizations from within and outside the city seeking to establish medical marijuana dispensaries. To obtain a dispensary license, businesses will need to pay a $15,000 application fee and a $15,000 annual renewal fee.

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Cannabis Regulatory Meeting Tracker 02/26/2019: 32 Meetings Today in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

There are thirty-two (32) meetings today in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Links to the meeting details and agendas are provided below.

Alaska: Anchorage Assembly: Special Land Use Permits: Retail Marijuana Sales & Cultivation Facility
California: Berkeley City Council Meeting: Proposed Location For Cannabis Retailer
California: Humboldt County Board Of Supervisors: Threatened Litigation Regarding Cannabis Permits
California: Los Angeles City Council: Amendments To Cannabis Regulations
California: City Of Lynwood: Variance To Reduce Required Distance Of Cannabis Facility
California: County Of Mendocino: Cannabis Temporary License Extensions
California: City Of Pleasant Hill: Cannabis Ordinance Amendment
California: City Of Sacramento: Law And Legislation Committee Meeting
California: Santa Rosa: City Council Meeting: Appeal Of Cannabis Policy Subcommittee Determinations
California: City Of Santa Rosa: Use Permit For Adult Use Cannabis Retail And Delivery Business
California: Yolo County Board Of Supervisors: Ordinance To Regulate Cannabis Businesses
Colorado: City Of Carbondale: Renewal Of Retail Marijuana Infused Product Manufacturing License
Colorado: Chaffee County Planning Commission: Medical / Retail Marijuana In The Industrial Zone
Colorado: Glenwood Springs Planning & Zoning Commission: Amendment To Marijuana Regulations
Colorado: City Of La Plata: New Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facility License
Connecticut: Medical Marijuana Commission: Additional Qualifying Conditions
Illinois Legislature: Criminal Committee Hearing: HB0049 CRIM ID-IMMEDIATE EXPUNGE
Maine: Augusta Planning Board: Workshop On Medical Marijuana Business Zoning
Maine: Town Of Richmond: Approval To Open And Medical Marijuana Store And Wellness Center
Massachusetts: Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting
Massachusetts: Carver Planning Board: Recreational Marijuana Establishment Regulations
Massachusetts: Falmouth Planning Board: Zoning Bylaw Relating To Marijuana Treatment Centers
Massachusetts: City Of Lenox: Zoning Bylaw To Allow And Regulate Marijuana Establishments
Massachusetts: City Of Marshfield: Variance For Recreational Cannabis Dispensary
Massachusetts: City Of Wayland: Amend Marijuana Establishment District
Michigan: Athens Township Planning Commission: Zoning Regulations For Marijuana
Michigan: Kimball Township Planning Commission: Ordinance To Repeal Medical Marihuana Ordinance & Prohibit Marihuana Establishments
Nevada: Las Vegas: Zoning Code To Allow Marijuana Dispensary Use In The Town Center
New Hampshire Legislature: Environment & Agriculture: HB459 Establishing An Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
New Hampshire Legislature: Health, Human Services And Elderly Affairs: HB364 Permitting Qualifying Patients And Designated Caregivers To Cultivate Cannabis For Therapeutic Use.
New Jersey: New Brunswick: Township Marijuana Ordinance Forum
New York: Town Of Hempstead: Ordinance To Prohibit Recreational Marijuana
Pennsylvania: Beaver Borough: Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Cannabis Regulatory Meeting Tracker 02/20/2019: 9 Meetings Today In Alaska, California, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey And Pennsylvania