Cannabis Rules & Regulations: New Jersey

Cannabis Rules & Regulations: New Jersey

New Jersey Cannabis History

On November 3, 2020, New Jersey voters approved the Marijuana Legalization Amendment, which legalized the possession and use of marijuana for residents 21 and older.  

A decade earlier, New Jersey became the 14th state to legalize marijuana for medical use with the passage of the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act.

New Jersey Child-Resistant Packaging Rules

New Jersey’s child-safe packaging and labeling requirements specify the following, as described in 8:64-10.8:

  • (c) Packaging and branding regulations prevent marketing of marijuana items and marijuana paraphernalia to people under the legal age to purchase marijuana items;
  • (7) Labeling and packaging requirements for marijuana items sold or distributed by a marijuana establishment, including, but not limited to, requirements that:
  • (a) Packaging and branding rules which prevent marketing of marijuana items and marijuana paraphernalia to people under the legal age to purchase marijuana items, including, but not limited to, rules that prohibit any statement, illustration, or image that:
  • (i) Includes false statements;
  • (ii) Promotes over-consumption;
  • (iii) Depicts a child or other person under legal age consuming
  • marijuana items; or
  • (iv)Includes objects, such as toys, characters, or cartoon
  • characters suggesting the presence of a person under the legal age to purchase marijuana items, or any other depiction designed in any manner to be especially appealing to persons under the legal age to purchase marijuana items;
  • (b) Ensure marijuana items are packaged in child-resistant containers;
  • (c) Marijuana items warning labels adequately inform consumers about safe marijuana use and warn of the consequences of misuse or overuse;
  • (d) Labeling rules that mandate clear identification of health and safety information, including, but not limited to:
  • (i) Net weight;
  • (ii) Production date and expiration date;
  • (iii) An ingredient list that includes, but is not limited to, all
  • ingredients used to manufacture the marijuana product and a list of all potential allergens contained within the product;
  • (iv) Strain or type of cannabis, listed by scientific terms, if available, and generic or “slang” names;
  • (v) Whether the product requires refrigeration;
  • (vi)Growth method (whether dirt grown, hydroponic, or otherwise) and an indication whether or not the cannabis was grown using all-organic materials and a complete list of all nonorganic pesticides, fungicides and herbicides used during the cultivation of the cannabis;
  • (vii) Serving size, the total number of servings, and a statement regarding the percentage of THC contained in the marijuana product and in each serving. For example: “The serving size of active THC in this product is X mg. This product contains X servings of marijuana, and the total amount of active THC in this product is X mg.” Serving sizes are recommended to be individually wrapped. 
  • 1 (viii) Warning labels that include, but are not limited to, one or
  • 2 more of the following:
  • 3 -- “This product contains marijuana.”
  • 4 -- “This product is infused with marijuana”
  • 5 -- “This product is intended for use by adults 21 years and older.
  • 6 Keep out of the reach of children.”
  • 7 -- “The intoxicating effects of this product may be delayed by
  • 8 two or more hours.”
  • 9 -- “There may be health risks associated with the consumption of
  • 10 this product, including for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding,
  • 11 or planning on becoming pregnant.”
  • 12 -- “Do not drive a motor vehicle or operate heavy machinery
  • 13 while using marijuana.”

Useful Links for New Jersey Cannabis Regulations

New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Registry Homepage
New Jersey Division of Medicinal Marijuana


New Jersey Cannabis Growers Application

New Jersey’s newly-implemented recreational marijuana laws are still being determined, but current legislation proposes 6 categories of licenses:

  • Class 1 – Grower (grow, cultivate, and produce marijuana plants and raw materials)
  • Class 2 – Processor (manufacture, prepare, and package marijuana items)
  • Class 3 – Wholesaler (store, sell, and transfer marijuana items for resale)
  • Class 4 – Distributor (transport bulk amounts of marijuana)
  • Class 5 – Retailer (sell marijuana to consumers from retail store)
  • Class 6 – Delivery Service (home delivery courier for Cannabis Retailers)

New Jersey Department of Agriculture 2020 Hemp Program Grower License Application

Editor's Note: Status as of 4/5/2021

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