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Question 1 added an amendment to New Jersey’s constitution that legalizes recreational cannabis, for people 21 and older and legalizes the cultivation, processing, and sale of retail marijuana. The constitutional amendment will take effect on January 1, 2021.
The five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), which was first established to oversee the state’s medical-marijuana program, is responsible for regulating the cultivation, processing, and sale of recreational marijuana.
Question 1 applied the state sales tax (6.625 percent) to recreational marijuana but prohibit additional state sales taxes. The state Legislature was authorized to allow local governments to enact an additional 2 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana.
The ballot measure did not provide additional specifics, such as possession limits, home-grow rules, and retail regulations; rather, the legislature and CRC needed to enact additional laws and regulations.
An Alternative Treatment Center or “ATC” means the permitted alternative treatment center authorized to grow and dispense registered qualifying patients with medicinal marijuana and related paraphernalia in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
At this time, the state is not accepting applications to open additional Alternative Treatment Centers.
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A primary caregiver is a person who has agreed to assist with a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana. Primary caregiver cannot be the patient’s physician. Primary caregiver must be a resident of New Jersey. The primary caregiver can never have been convicted of a felony drug offense. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older. The caregiver may only have one qualifying patient at any one time.
A caregiver can purchase medicinal marijuana from an ATC without the patient’s presence.
Caregivers are chosen by the certified patient; usually a friend or family member. Caregivers can be added at any time during registration and must go through the same process as patients to receive a card.
For a patient to receive medical marijuana, the law requires that a licensed health care practitioner certify that the patient has one or more of the qualifying conditions.
Estimated Patient Count: 12,514
Patients under the age of 18 that suffer from an approved debilitating medical condition are considered minor patients and may register with the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP). Minor patients are required to have a legal custodian assume responsibility as their caregiver until they are 18 years of age; at which time the patient will need to re-register as an adult. The patient’s approved MMP physician is required by the Department of Health to fill out a minor attestation. This requires written confirmation from a psychiatrist and from a physician trained in the care of pediatric patients.
Business records include sales records that indicate the name of the qualifying patient or primary caregiver to whom marijuana is distributed, the quantity, strength and form and the cost of the product.
(a) An ATC shall maintain records identifying the source of each ingredient used in the manufacture or processing of marijuana.
(b) An alternative treatment center shall meet good manufacturing practices at N.J.A.C. 8:21 for the production of marijuana lozenges or topical formulations;
(c) An alternative treatment center shall maintain a system of recordkeeping that will permit the identification for purposes of recall of any lot or batch of medicinal marijuana from registered qualifying patients when such is found to be unsafe for use.
The New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program is operated by the Department of Health
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