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New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission approves first annual business licenses and more conditional licenses

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission this week approved the first 18 annual licenses for cannabis businesses.

Eight of the applications were for direct to annual license applicants, and 10 were applications to convert existing conditional licenses to annuals.

“This is a special milestone for the Commission and for New Jersey’s new legalized industry. With the awarding of eight cultivation licenses and three manufacturing licenses we are setting good groundwork for New Jersey’s cannabis market,” said Commission Chairwoman Dianna Houenou. “We hope to see these facilities up and running as soon as possible to be local Garden State suppliers to the seven retailers who also got their annuals today and the others that will be licensed in the future.”

There were also 297 conditional licenses approved, bringing the total number of conditional licenses awarded since March to 801.

Other actions taken by the commission included:

  • Extending the length of time certain conditional license awardees have to apply for conversion to an annual license, and
  • Increasing the Social Equity Excise Fee cultivators will pay for 2023 to $1.52 per ounce (from $1.10 per ounce).

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Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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