New Jersey
Jun 2022
3 min

Is Marijuana Legal in New Jersey?

Adult use



New Jersey now allows adult use/ recreational cannabis and is licensing additional cultivators and dispensaries to accommodate the market.

Why this is important

As an entrepreneur who is interested in opening a dispensary in New Jersey it is important to know the current market size.  New Jersey's marijuana program has traveled a bumpy road, finally resulting in a regulation that has done its best to take in to account well funded entrepreneurs and lean startups.  Jersey's new adult use status will impact your business plan in estimating your sales and customer count. Consider the population size as well as the number of tourists and competitor dispensaries.

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Personal Use Cannabis Rules

Special Adopted New Rules: N.J.A.C. 17:30Adopted: August 19, 2021 by New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, Dianna Houenou, Chair.

Filed: August 19, 2021

Authority: N.J.S.A. 24:6I-31 et seq.

Effective Date: August 19, 2021

Expiration Date: August 19, 2022

This rule may be viewed or downloaded from the Commission’s website rules are adopted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 24:6I-34(d)1a of the New Jersey CannabisRegulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act, N.J.S.A. 24:6I31 et seq., and became effective upon acceptance for filing by the Office of AdministrativeLaw. The specially adopted new rules shall be effective for a period not to exceed one year from the date of filing of the new rules, that is, until August 19, 2022. TheCommission has provided this special adoption to the Attorney General, State Treasurer,Commissioner of Health, and Commissioner of Banking and Insurance for a consultation period, after which the Commission anticipates filing a proposal to readopt these rules with amendments reflecting the results of that consultation. In accordance with N.J.S.A.24:6I-34(d)1b the rules, as readopted, will become effective upon acceptance for filing by the Office of Administrative Law if filed on or before the expiration date of the rules published herein. The adopted amendments will be effective upon publication in the NewJersey Register.