Rules include details for Wholesalers, Distributors, and Delivery Services; expand flexibility for microbusinesses; and codify penalties for unsafe, dishonest business practices.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) Thursday approved new rules that guide the cultivation, manufacture, wholesale, distribution, sale, and delivery of recreational cannabis in the state.
This new approval expands upon the initial CRC rules from August 2021 by adding three new license types – Class 3 Cannabis Wholesalers, Class 4 Cannabis Distributors, and Class 6 Cannabis Delivery Services – and “improving key facets of the Commission’s approach to both equity and safety.”
The rules, set to be proposed formally on August 1, include the following key additions:
- Class 3 Cannabis Wholesalers, Class 4 Cannabis Distributors, and Class 6 Cannabis Delivery Services allowed to operate in New Jersey.
- For microbusinesses, clarifies that areas like breakrooms and bathrooms – where cannabis is not handled or present – do not count toward the 2,500 square foot limit established by the law.
- Adds label requirements for THC and CBD in terms of amount of THC and CBD included in cannabis items.
- Requires retailers to provide safe cannabis use information to consumers when they purchase recreational cannabis.
- Provides flexibility on logo size and placement on packaging to help new businesses better establish brands in the market.
“The rules will help create a market that is competitive, diverse, and that puts our core values of equity and safety first,” noted Sam Delgado, the CRC’s Vice Chair. “They will ensure that entrepreneurs have access to the market, especially those who have been negatively impacted by cannabis prohibition; and ensure that consumers and stakeholders can have confidence in safe, well-regulated legal cannabis sales.”
The CRC also acted on the following items at the June 30th meeting:
- Approved the Social Equity Excise Fee recommendation report, recommending that Excise Fee revenue be reinvested in grants and loans for social equity cannabis businesses which will be made possible by the recent passage of bill S2945
- Approved 81 new conditional licenses for cultivation, manufacturing, and retail.
- And Medical patients won't have to pay tax on cannabis in NJ anymore