Updates on Expansion of Medicinal Marijuana Program

The New Jersey Department of Health is seeking new applicants to operate up to 108 additional Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs): Up to 38 in the northern region of the state, up to 38 in the central region, and up to 32 in the southern region. Three types of endorsements will be available for ATCs: cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary. In total, the Department will seek up to 24 cultivation endorsements, up to 30 manufacturing endorsements, and up to 54 dispensary endorsements.

Read the press release or view/download the Request for Applications (RFA).

2018 RFA updates

Six businesses have been selected to apply for permits to open new medical marijuana dispensaries. Two applicants were chosen for the north, central and southern parts of the state, ensuring patients have better access to pain-relieving medicine. Before receiving approval to grow medical marijuana, the chosen applicants now must pass background checks, provide evidence of a dispensary location and municipal approval, and comply with all regulations under the Division of Medical Marijuana, including safety and security requirements. DOH has made winning RFA applications available for public review. The 146 applications were reviewed by a six-person committee consisting of four DOH representatives and one each from the Departments of Agriculture and Treasury. Their expertise included medical marijuana, ATC regulation, lab testing, plant science, diversity and procurement. Prior to scoring the applications, committee members received implicit bias training from the State’s Chief Diversity Officer to ensure an impartial selection process. This was an objective, data-driven selection process. The committee scored the applications and then DOH chose the top scorers in each region. Some applicants applied for more than one region but the Department only allowed an applicant to be chosen for one region.

Last Reviewed: 6/4/2019