Recreational Cannabis Update

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be issuing licenses to seven alternative treatment centers (ATCs) to begin adult-use cannabis operations, including at 13 retail dispensaries, starting on  Thursday, April 21. Individuals 21 years and older will be able to purchase cannabis and cannabis products legally without a medical card.

Those alternative treatment centers have been approved to sell recreational cannabis at their medical marijuana sites in Bellmawr, Edgewater Park, Bloomfield, Paterson, Phillipsburg, Maplewood, Rochelle Park, Elizabeth, Lawrence, Williamstown and Egg Harbor.

New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization (CREAMM) Act allows for the legal sale and use of cannabis and cannabis products for residents 21 years and older. When licensed dispensaries are opened, adults over 21 years old will be able to purchase and possess up to 1 oz of cannabis.

A list of locations that opening will be posted on the Commission’s website as soon as ATCs confirm the date on which they will begin operations.

In 2021, our chamber hosted a webinar with John Fanburg, Co-Chair Cannabis Industry at Brach Eichler, businesses who are concerned with updating policies can refer to link below:
Per Brach Eichler Cannabis Laws in NJ Info Sheet

  • Where can you smoke cannabis?
  • Smoking or using cannabis in public places will be prohibited. Recreational cannabis can only be consumed in a private residency. However, the new law will allow the Commission to designate consumption areas or consumption lounges in the future.
  • Consumption areas mean a designated location operated by a licensed cannabis retailer or permit holder for dispensing medical cannabis, for which both a State and local endorsement has been obtained, that is either:
  • an indoor structurally enclosed area of the cannabis retailer or permit holder that is separate from the area in which retail sales of cannabis items or the dispensing of medical cannabis occurs; or an exterior structure on the same premises as the cannabis retailer or permit holder, either separate from or connected to the cannabis retailer or permit holder, at which cannabis items or medical cannabis either obtained from the retailer or permit holder, or brought by a person to the consumption area, may be consumed.
  • 20% of the guest rooms of a hotel, motel, or other lodging establishment would be permitted by the person or entity that owns or controls that establishment.

Information links for businesses and residents from NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission:

FAQs on Legal Cannabis Use in NJ

For Workplace and DUI Laws

Safe & Responsible Consumption