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NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission OKs 79 Cannabis Licenses

The NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJCRC) awarded 79 adult-use cannabis licenses and discussed some of their future plans.

They did so today, July 28th, Peruvian Independence Day.

“All these applications were found to be complete and scored sufficiently high. We have 79 applications approved for recommendation here,” NJCRC Executive Director Jeff Brown said.

He noted they are all Social Equity or Diversely Owned.

NJCRC Chair Dianna Houenou noted they were going to approve 81, but a few technical issues needed to be fixed, so only 79 cannabis licenses were reviewed and deemed worthy in time.

License Winners

The winners are as follows:

1 2048 NBFC Cultivator Standard
2 1232 CHM Consulting, LLC Cultivator Micro
3 1315 Cedar Fairmont Health Cultivators Cultivator Micro
4 1331 Fue Mei Farms Corporation Cultivator Micro
5 1403 Divine Garden Cultivator Micro
6 2014 Green Gem Industries, Inc Cultivator Standard
7 1293 Green Liberty, LLC Cultivator Micro
8 1926 Baggy Greens, Inc. Cultivator Standard
9 1058 Cannabury Farms Cultivator Standard
10 1213 Ascension Cannabis Brands Co Cultivator Standard
11 2000 Voox Farms Cultivator Micro
12 1101 Community Growth Partners New Jersey LLC Cultivator Standard
13 1236 Blue Violet Grow, LLC Cultivator Standard
14 1358 Victory Natural Farms LLC Cultivator Standard
15 1272 Royal Dynastic Organics LLC Cultivator Standard
16 1230 Violet Ventures LLC Cultivator Micro
17 1367 CHM Consulting, LLC Manufacturer Micro
18 2015 Green Gem Industries, Inc Manufacturer Standard
19 1344 HomeGrower ACNJ, Inc. Manufacturer Micro
20 1379 Greener on Getty LLC Manufacturer Micro
21 1282 Creative Flavors by Esther LLC Manufacturer Standard
22 1355 Integrity One Alternative Care, a New Jersey LLC Manufacturer Standard
23 1209 Solar Cannabis NJ, LLC Manufacturer Standard
24 1340 Hera Solutions LLC Manufacturer Micro
25 1848 Bloomeri LLC Manufacturer Micro
26 1133 Canna P Farms Manufacturer Standard
27 1292 Sussex Cultivation LLC Manufacturer Standard
28 2039 Luckys Leafs LLC Manufacturer Micro

More NJ License Winners

29 1424 Cuzzie’s Retailer Micro
30 1588 Organic Farms, Inc. Retailer Micro
31 1985 Legacy Leaf Retailer Micro
32 1544 Sunburn New Jersey LLC Retailer Standard
33 1536 Cheeba Spot LLC Retailer Micro
34 2095 The Library of New Jersey Inc. Retailer Micro
35 2080 MJ Marley’s LLC Retailer Standard
36 2082 Sea Grass NJ Retailer Standard
37 1311 Green Spirit Group Retailer Micro
38 1416 Greener on Grove LLC Retailer Micro
39 1419 Hackettstown Dispensary LLC Retailer Micro
40 1447 Urge New Jersey LLC Retailer Micro

More NJ License Winners

41 1486 Cannabis Depot, LLC Retailer Micro
42 1517 Feels of Green Retailer Micro
43 1523 Pure Blossom LLC Retailer Micro
44 1545 Baked by the River Retailer Micro
45 1546 Dr. Green Leaf LLC Retailer Micro
46 1549 Artistic Dispensary, LLC Retailer Micro
47 1530 CGT New Jersey LLC Retailer Standard
48 1673 RB Green Wellness LLC Retailer Standard
49 1421 Seraph and Sons Retailer Micro
50 1512 Elevated by TheCannaBossLady Retailer Micro
51 1562 HZY Goods LLC Retailer Micro
52 1699 Treeotics LLC Retailer Micro
53 1715 Saint J & Co LLC Retailer Micro
54 1724 A Perfect Bud LLC Retailer Micro
55 1548 Idyllx, LLC Retailer Micro
56 1466 Tangerine Tree Dispensary LLC Retailer Micro
57 1593 Cannaboutique by Greenhouse LLC Retailer Micro
58 1602 Cooked Dispensary LLC Retailer Micro
59 1625 Jersey Shore Extracts LLC Retailer Micro
60 1651 Star Seed LLC Retailer Micro
61 1658 Happy Daze Boutique Retailer Micro
62 1662 The High Society Cannabis Retailer Micro
63 1682 Mountain View Farmacy LLC Retailer Micro
64 1334 The Sailor’s Pipe MMD Retailer Micro
65 1462 Lady L Cannabis LLC Retailer Micro
66 1641 Happy Leaf LLC Retailer Micro

Even More Cannabis License Winners

67 1778 City Farm, LLC Retailer Micro
68 1785 Green Wave Couture LLC Retailer Micro
69 1793 Jersey Jane Dispensary Retailer Micro
70 1805 Buddy’s Dispensary Retailer Micro
71 1843 Queen of Spades LLC Retailer Micro
72 1849 Equaleaf LLC Retailer Micro
73 1882 Mary Janes Last Dance Incorporated Retailer Micro
74 1906 Valerie’s Garden LLC Retailer Micro
75 1912 Littlemore LLC Retailer Micro
76 1913 Jersey Meds Management LLC Retailer Micro
77 1953 Queen City Wellness Retailer Micro
78 2016 Pure Natural Vibes LLC Retailer Micro
79 1734 Emerald Apothecary Retailer Micro

Cannabis License Winners

As depicted, a range of cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensary cannabis licenses was approved. Many were micro-businesses which are supposed to help small businesspeople secure cannabis licenses.

They were approved 5-0.

“We’ve only had conditionals to approve as we are still working through the lion’s shares of applications,” Brown explained. “We do anticipate to get to under 90 days on conditional review and have for some.”

He noted that the annual process is longer since conditional license applications have a two-part process. Those doing well need to have their finances examined and their fingerprints documented. After winning both types, final approval is needed for both.

Legalization Process Progress

Brown said 1,182 applications had been submitted. Only 64 were not given priority review, and 284 applications were completely unread.

“I myself am reviewing applications when I can. We are devoting the resources needed to get through that initial rush,” he said. “If you haven’t heard yet, you will hear soon.”

There was one operational permit issued among the 44 medical license winners last year thus far.

“We are making tremendous progress on that front too,” Brown said.

The new cannabis industry rules are being published online on Monday, August 1st. Public comment on the rules also opens on Monday.

NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission OKs Adult-use Expansion

More medical cannabis dispensaries that are vertically integrated Multi-State Operators (MSOs) not based in New Jersey were approved for adult-use cannabis sales. Columbia Care had their second cultivation facility’s adult-use cannabis approved, and Verano Zen Leaf’s location in Neptune in Monmouth County was approved.

Columbia Care was approved by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission 4-1.

“Expanded ATCs should be abiding by the reporting requirements. This is critical information to us. We strongly look forward to working with you to the equitable and adviser commitments that you shared in your expanded use applications,” Commissioner Charles Barker said.

Verano Zen Leaf was approved 3-2, with Barker and Commissioner Krista Nash against them.

Houenou said the September meeting would be in person. She did not note whether it would be a hybrid meeting or in-person only.

There is no Cannabis Regulatory Commission meeting scheduled for August.

She also said draft rules for consumption lounges and edibles are forthcoming, along with guidance on workforce impairment.

“That guidance is still under legal review. We know there is a tremendous amount of interest in these three areas,” Houenou said.

It was not clarified whether they would be among the rules revealed on Monday.

Medical Cannabis Company Moves and Names

Brown said that the medical cannabis license winner Circe Therapeutics wants to move from Pennsauken to Collingswood, both of which are in Camden County. In addition, Community Wellness Center wanted to move within Jersey City. Honey Grove South Corporation also wanted to move a location from Sicklerville in Camden County to Gloucester Twp. in Camden County.

Name changes were also approved. The Law Office of Juliana Diaz will be changed to Sweet Spot Dispensary LLC. Greenhouse Wellness of New Jersey will be changed to Brute’s Roots LLC. Community Wellness Center of New Jersey was renamed RIPT, and JG New Jersey will be renamed BLOC.

“They’ve met all the regulatory requirements,” Brown said.

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved it 5-0.

Home Delivery of Medical Cannabis

“This is a proposed waiver of administrative code,” Houenou said.

The Jake Honig Act of 2019 officially allowed medical cannabis home delivery.

“It takes previous waivers… that were originally developed and issued in 2020… and streamlines and extends them in perpetuity. We propose to make this permanent,” Brown said.

They also wanted to reduce the cost of medical cannabis patient registration.

It was approved unanimously 5-0.

They also reduced the fee from $100 to $50 every two years. This waiver would further reduce the registration cost. Only seniors, veterans, and those on welfare are eligible for discounts.

“Consider um expanding the edible options for patients. We can surely consider a waiver for patients,” Barker.

He said it would help patients better consume their medicine.

However, Houenou explained it was not the time to do so.

The rule waiver passed 5-0.

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