The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Friday is expected to award licenses for new medical marijuana cultivation centers, as well as licenses for vertically-integrated medical marijuana operations — where the license holder grows, manufactures and sells the drug, according to the commissions agenda for its meeting.
The licenses are part of a 2019 request for applications by the state Department of Health, which oversaw the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program until the CRC was established. The process was halted for over a year due to a lawsuit by applicants whose applications were rejected due to a file format issue.
The CRC did not announce exactly how many licenses are being awarded, but the 2019 RFA called for the state to issue 24 new licenses:
- North Jersey: Five dispensaries, two cultivation facilities, one vertically-integrated license;
- Central Jersey: Five dispensaries, two cultivation facilities, one vertically-integrated license;
- South Jersey: Five dispensaries, one cultivation facility, one vertically-integrated license;
- The 24th license will be awarded in a location based on where its most needed.