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New Jersey FAQs

What is an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC)?

An ATC is a center which is permitted to cultivate, manufacture, and/or dispense marijuana and related paraphernalia to registered qualifying patients in accordance with the provisions of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. When the term ATC is used, we are referring to the organization's directors, board members, officers, and employees. ATC's must have local zoning approval.

What is vertical integration?

The combination or co-location of two or more of the activities of cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensing at one location.

Is there forced vertical integration in New Jersey?

No, there is not forced vertical integration in New Jersey.

Is there a residency requirement to open an ATC?

No, there is not a residency requirement to open an ATC.

What are the time frames for the cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensary endorsements?

Awards based on the RFA shall be valid for the following time frames: Cultivation and manufacturing endorsements: 18 months
Dispensary endorsements: 12 months

What are Reasons that the Department will Reject Applications? (not exhaustive)

  1. The applicant fails to deliver the application by the submission deadline.
  2. The applicant is not an eligible applicant as defined in “Eligibility”
  3. An applicant submits more than three applications or submits more applications than they are eligible to submit, in which case all applications may be rejected.
  4. An application is submitted in a manner other than that specified in this RFA.
  5. The applicant fails to include required information or fails to include sufficient information to determine whether an RFA requirement has been satisfied.
  6. The applicant fails to follow the application instructions or presents information requested by this RFA in a manner inconsistent with the instructions of the RFA.
  7. The applicant provides misleading or inaccurate answers.
  8. The applicant states that a mandatory requirement cannot be satisfied.
  9. The applicant's response materially changes a mandatory requirement.
  10. The applicant's response indicates inability to comply with a mandatory requirement of N.J.S.A. 24:6I or N.J.A.C. 8:64.
  11. The applicant fails to respond to the Department's request for information, documents, or references.
  12. The applicant fails to include any signature, certification, authorization, or stipulation requested by this RFA.
  13. The applicant initiates unauthorized contact regarding the RFA with a state employee or official.

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