Applications Now Accepted for Certain Cannabis Applicants

Nearly 300 days after passing the law to legalize recreational cannabis, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) will begin accepting applications for those interested in Class 1 Cultivator licenses, Class 2 Manufacturer licenses, and Testing Laboratories.  The online portal opened December 15, 2021 at 9am and can be found here.  Currently, there is no deadline to submit applications and they will be accepted on a rolling basis.  The CRC has also not established any license caps, besides the cap set by law for 37 standard cultivator licenses.

The entire application must be filled out and all required documents uploaded before submitting the application to the CRC.  The CRC will review applications based on the established priority review and each application is to be scored on a pass/fail basis.  By statute, the CRC has 90 days to review an application after submission.  However, due to the expected volume of applications to be received, the CRC is able to extend that timeframe.

The CRC will begin accepting applications for Class 5 Retailers on March 15, 2022 at 9am.  There have been no announced dates for Class 3 Wholesalers, Class 4 Distributors, Class 6 Delivery, and expanded alternative treatment centers.

As a reminder, while it may be possible beginning December 15 for any type of license application to be submitted, any applicant who attempts to submit an application for any type of license besides Class 1 Cultivator, Class 2 Manufacturer, or Testing Laboratory will be automatically rejected.

If you are a cannabis company within the seed-to-sale lifecycle, feel free to reach out to Sax’s Cannabis Advisors for more information with regards to applications, newly released regulations, financial guidance and more.

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