On Monday July 1, 2019, the Department of Health announced its Request for Applications (“RFA”) for up to 24 new alternative treatment center permits and endorsements in New Jersey. This is an amendment to the Department’s June 3, 2019 RFA. The Department has significantly reduced the number of available permits and endorsements from 108 to 24. The amended RFA still provides opportunity for those seeking to enter the medical marijuana industry.

The Department of Health intends to issue the following endorsements and permits in each region in New Jersey:

North Region: 2 cultivation endorsements, 5 dispensary endorsements, and 1 vertically integrated permit.

Central Region: 2 cultivation endorsements, 5 dispensary endorsements, and 1 vertically integrated permit.

South Region: 1 cultivation endorsements, 5 dispensary endorsements, and 1 vertically integrated permit.

The Department will also be issuing a fourth vertically integrated permit based on best overall score and patient need at the time of the award. The region for the fourth vertically integrated permit will be determined at the time of the award.

The application will be released on July 15, 2019. Applications for a dispensary endorsement will be due on August 21, 2019 by 3 PM. Applications for a cultivation endorsement and a vertically integrated permit will be due on August 22, 2019 by 3 PM.