The Cannabis Regulatory Commission will begin accepting the following applications for personal use (recreational) cannabis on Wednesday, December 15, 2021:
- Class 1 Cultivator Licenses
- Class 2 Manufacturer Licenses
- Testing Laboratories
Application acceptance for Class 5 Retailers will begin on March 15, 2022.
License applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until indicated otherwise. Social Equity Businesses, Diversely-Owned Businesses, Impact Zone Businesses, and applications that receive bonus points will be afforded priority review, scoring, and approval.
There is no established limit on the number of cannabis business licenses available statewide However, by statute the number of Class 1 Cultivators is to be held to 37 licenses until February 22, 2023.
The Notice of Application outlines:
- Eligibility requirements
- Prioritization processes
- Application requirements, including a list of necessary forms and supporting documents
- Scoring methodology
- How approval or denial is determined.
*Note – November 12, 2021: A typographical error has been corrected. Several of the requirements listed in the Annual License Application scoring rubric are specific to a license class. As such, the total score required to obtain an Annual License is not 250 points and has been corrected to 210 points, which is the total score required for an Annual License.
The CREAMM Act established six (6) classes of licenses for recreational use licensed businesses, described below. Applicants will also be able to can apply for a temporary conditional permit, which allows a business to lawfully act as a cannabis cultivator, manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, or delivery service while the business works towards meeting the requirements for a full license. The CRC may also develop an option for a testing service license.
Recreational Use Licenses
Class 1 Cannabis Cultivator
Grow recreational use cannabis
Class 2 Cannabis Manufacturer
Produce recreational use cannabis
Class 3 Cannabis Wholesaler
Store, sell or otherwise transfer, recreational use cannabis items between cannabis cultivators, wholesalers, or retailers
Class 4 Cannabis Distributor
Transport cannabis items in bulk between cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, or retailers within the state of New Jersey
Class 5 Cannabis Retailer
Purchase recreational use cannabis from licensed cultivators, manufacturers, or wholesalers and sell those items to consumers in a retail store
Class 6 Cannabis Delivery
Transport a consumer’s purchases of recreational use cannabis and related supplies from the retailer to that consumer
Begin building out operations for the cultivation, manufacture, dispensing, wholesale, distribution, or delivery of recreational use cannabis while working towards meeting the requirements for a cannabis cultivator, manufacturer, dispensary, wholesaler, distributor, or delivery license
Fee Schedule as PDF - Effective August 19, 2021
|APPLICATION & CERTIFICATION FEES|
|Conditional License Applicant||Annual License Applicant|
|Standard Business||Microbusiness||Standard Business||Microbusiness|
|Application Submission Fee||$200||$100||$400||$200|
|Conditional Conversion Submission Fee||$200||$100||n/a||n/a|
|Conditional Conversion Approval Fee||$800||$400||n/a||n/a|
|Testing Laboratory Application Submission Fee||$400|
|Testing Laboratory Approval Fee||$1,600|
|Expanded ATC Certification Fee||Medical Cannabis Cultivator Expansion – $400,000
Medical Cannabis Manufacturer Expansion – $300,000
Medical Cannabis Dispensary Expansion – $100,000
Vertically Integrated ATC with 1 dispensary – $800,000
Vertically Integrated ATC with 2 dispensaries – $900,000
Vertically Integrated ATC with 3 dispensaries – $1,000,000
NOTE: Submission fees are due at the time an application is submitted. Approval fees are due upon Commission approval for licensure to operate. Applicants who are denied approval for licensure are not required to pay approval fees. Expanded ATC Certification Fees are due at the time the ATC submits its required certifications to the Commission.
|Cultivator Licensing Fee†||Tier I – $5,000
Tier II – $10,000
Tier III – $20,000
Tier IV – $30,000
Tier V – $40,000
Tier VI – $50,000
|Manufacturer Licensing Fee‡||Up to 10,000 sq ft – $20,000
More than 10,000 sq ft – $30,000
|Retailer Licensing Fee||$10,000||$1,000|
|Testing Laboratory Licensing Fee||$4,000|
Δ Licensing Fees are due upon application approval and each year thereafter when submitting a renewal application. The licensing fee for the first year of operation is reduced by the amount paid in application submission and approval fees.
Example: The licensing fee for a Testing Laboratory in the first year would be $2,000 ($4,000, less $400 for application submission fee and $1,600 for application approval fee). In the second year and every year thereafter, the Testing Laboratory would pay $4,000 for the licensing fee.
† Cultivator Licensing Fees apply to all cannabis businesses with a Class 1 Cannabis Cultivator License, including microbusinesses and Expanded ATCs:
Tier I = Mature cannabis plant grow canopy area greater than 2,500 sq ft but no more than 10,000 sq ft
Tier II = Mature cannabis plant grow canopy area greater than 10,000 sq ft but no more than 25,000 sq ft
Tier III = Mature cannabis plant grow canopy area greater than 25,000 sq ft but no more than 50,000 sq ft
Tier IV = Mature cannabis plant grow canopy area greater than 50,000 sq ft but no more than 75,000 sq ft
Tier V = Mature cannabis plant grow canopy area greater than 75,000 sq ft but no more than 100,000 sq ft
Tier VI = Mature cannabis plant grow canopy area greater than 100,000 sq ft but no more than 150,000 sq ft
‡ Refers to the square footage of the entire cannabis business premises, not solely the area in which manufacturing or processing is taking place.
|CHANGE FEES (due at the time the change application is submitted)|
|Facility Capacity or Physical PlantChange**||$2,000||n/a|
|Majority Ownership Change***||$20,000||$20,000|
|Microbusiness Conversion ApplicationSubmission Fee||n/a||$200|
|Microbusiness Conversion ApprovalFee||n/a||$800|
* Location Change fees apply any time a cannabis business seeks to move the location any of its licensed premises. If a cannabis business has more than one facility or licensed premises, the license-holder must pay the change fee for each facility or premises that will be relocated.
** Facility Capacity or Physical Plant Change fees apply any time a license-holder seeks to change or modify the cannabis business’ cultivation capacity and move to a different cultivation production management tier. Microbusiness that are converting to a Standard Business do not incur a Facility Capacity or Physical Plant Change fee; after conversion, such businesses will be subject to the licensing fee for a Standard Business of their class.
*** Majority Ownership Change fees apply any time a license-holder seeks to transfer more than 50% of ownership interest in the license-holder to another person or entity.
|Cannabis Business Identification Card Issuance Fee (includingreplacement cards)||$25|
|Background Investigation Fee||Financial Source – $1,000
Management Services Contractor – $1,000
For each owner or principal of a cannabis business or testing laboratory – $250 per person
Conditional license applicants, conditional license-holders, andSocial Equity Businesses are exempt from these fees.