The CRC is the governing body responsible for regulating the existing Medicinal Cannabis Program, as well as the new recreational cannabis program in New Jersey for adults 21 years and older. The agency launched on April 12, 2021, and establishes the rules necessary for the operation of cannabis businesses in the state.
Under the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (CREAMM Act), the CRC was required to establish rules and regulations governing the recreational cannabis industry by August 21, 2021. To achieve this goal, the Commission worked with government officials, stakeholders, members of the public, and experts across the country to develop rules that specify the requirements to operate a cannabis business, promote the production of safer products, and incorporate ideas from the public. The CRC adopted initial rules on August 19, 2021, and they will be effective for up to one year. At that point, the CRC must readopt, amend, or adopt more permanent regulations for the industry in accordance with the New Jersey Administrative Procedure Act.
The Commission adopted its initial rules on August 19, 2021. To do this, the CRC solicited critical input from government officials, stakeholders, and experts across the country, and the public through the Commission’s public meetings. The information obtained from these engagements helped the Commission craft rules that are sensible and grounded in fairness and safety. Click here to read the initial rules.
The CRC recently adopted Interim Standards for Independent Testing Laboratories. More info can be found here.