Cannabis Information by State: New Jersey

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Like most states, New Jersey requires a state license to engage in commercial cannabis activity. The New Jersey Department of Heath Division of Medical Marijuana formerly regulated the state’s medical marijuana program. In late 2020, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission was established to take on regulating adult-use and medical marijuana.

At this time, the Division of Medical Marijuana only licenses alternative treatment centers, which are authorized to grow and provide registered qualifying patients with medical marijuana and related paraphernalia. As recent legislation takes effect, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will issue grower, processor, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, and delivery licenses.

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Regulations and Compliance

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission will develop a system for tracking the cultivation, manufacturing, testing and transfer of medical cannabis and cannabis products. The tracking will include a stamp, that is readable by a scanner, attached to the packaging of the cannabis to assist in the collection of information.

The purpose of tracking will seek to prevent unauthorized people from gaining access or tampering with the medical cannabis. It will also ensure accurate accounting, test results, and compliance with rules and regulations of all cannabis.

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*Disclaimer: Cannabis laws vary by state and are subject to frequent changes. This article is intended to provide general information and is not a substitute for legal counsel or binding business advice. Please consider consulting a New Jersey lawyer for more information. 

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