Cannabis Law December Update

Cannabis Regulatory Commission Notice of Applications

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission held a meeting at which they voted on and issued Resolution 2021-17, the Notice of Applications for Recreational Cannabis Businesses. This notice details the application requirements for Class 1 cultivators, Class 2 manufacturers, Cannabis Testing Laboratories, and Class 5 retailers. Class 1, Class 2, and Testing Laboratory applications will begin being accepted on December 15, 2021, at 9:00am. Class 5 applications will begin being accepted on March 15, 2022, at 9:00am. The Commission has not yet determined when applications will be accepted for Class 3 wholesalers, Class 4 distributors, and Class 6 delivery services. A copy of the Notice can be found here, and a recording of the meeting can be viewed here.


Cannabis Regulatory Commission Pre-application Webinar

On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission released a pre-recorded Webinar with further information on the upcoming acceptance of applications. This webinar is a continuation of the October webinar held by the Commission, and discussed in more detail the application requirements and process set to begin on December 15. The Commission also addressed frequently asked questions about the application process submitted in response to the November meeting. There was also a brief demonstration of the application portal that will be used by applicants. The Commission indicated that forms needed as part of applicants’ submissions will be posted to the Commission’s website in the coming days. The pre-recorded webinar can be viewed here.


NJSBA Analysis and Recommendations to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission

The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee has submitted a report of analysis and recommendations to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission on its initial rules and regulations. The report is an analysis of both the current rules that have been issued by the Commission, as well as areas of regulation included in the Cannabis Regulatory Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act that have not yet been addressed by the Commission’s rules. Topics include licensing considerations, municipal and land use issues, social equity challenges, public safety concerns, and how hemp and non-psychoactive cannabinoids will fit into the adult-use industry.  A copy of the report can be viewed here.


Cannabis Regulatory Commission Meeting

The next meeting of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:00pm. Major agenda items for this meeting include the consideration of delegated authority for the 2018 RFA and the consideration of the 2019 RFA dispensary awards. You can register to speak during the public comments period of the meeting until noon on December 7. The Commission is also accepting written comments until December 8, at 5:00pm. Additional information about the December 7 meeting can be found here.


For additional information, or to apply, contact Joshua Bauchner ( or Zachary Windham ( or call (973) 247-9000.