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January 11, 2010, Senate Bill 119 was approved, and was signed into law by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine on January 18, 2010 (effective six months from enactment). SB 119 legally protects “patients who use marijuana to alleviate suffering from debilitating medical conditions, as well as their physicians, primary caregivers, and those who are authorized to produce marijuana for medical purposes, from arrest, prosecution, property forfeiture, and criminal and other penalties”. SB 119 also provides for the creation of alternative treatment centers, “at least two each in the northern, central, and southern regions of the state. The first two centers issued a permit in each region shall be nonprofit entities, and centers subsequently issued permits may be nonprofit or for-profit entities”.

September 10, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed Senate Bill 2842, amending the legislative adoption of his conditional veto, effectively allowing qualifying minors, with approval from a pediatrician and a psychiatrist, to use edible forms of marijuana.

October 06, 2010, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, released draft rules outlining the application and registration process.

December 20, 2011, Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 140 was submitted by Senator Nicholas Scutari (D), the lead sponsor of the medical marijuana bill, declaring that the “Board of Medical Examiners proposed medicinal marijuana program rules are inconsistent with legislative intent”.

February 03, 2011, the Department of Health released the proposed new rules intended to streamline the permit process for cultivating and dispensing medical cannabis, and prohibit home delivery by alternative treatment centers.

August 09, 2012 the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program’s website opened the patient registration system.

October 16, 2012, Green Leaf Compassion Center became the first dispensary to receive a permit from the Department of Health — December 06, 2012, the location became the first center to open to patients.

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Law

New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program — FINAL RULES

The Department of Health Medicinal Marijuana Program

2015 Annual Report and 2015 Biennial Report

This document reports the current status of the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) Medicinal Marijuana Program’s (MMP) progress in the implementation of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (the Act), N.J.S.A. 24:6I-1 et seq. This report provides an update of program developments in calendar year 2015 on the status of the Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs); medicinal marijuana cultivation; ATC examinations; the patient, caregiver, and physician registries; outreach and communication; education; marijuana testing; the regulatory process; and concludes with calendar year 2015 statistics.

Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs)

Greenleaf Compassion Center (GCC) in Montclair, Essex County, was issued a permit to cultivate on April 16, 2012, and issued a final permit on October 15, 2012. GCC began dispensing medicinal marijuana to patients on December 6, 2012. Since its initial permitting, 1,493 patients have been served, 6,755 transactions completed, and 221.7 pounds of product dispensed. From January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, 1,031 patients were served, 4,529 transactions completed, and 141.7 pounds of product dispensed. GCC dispensed product on 246 days in 2015. The Department maintains 24/7 video surveillance of the ATC operation and access to its internal inventory management system. GCC was re- permitted on January 1, 2015.

Compassionate Care Foundation (CCF) in Egg Harbor, Atlantic County, was issued a permit to cultivate on June 6, 2013, and issued a final permit on October 3, 2013. CCF began dispensing medicinal marijuana to patients on October 28, 2013. Since its initial permitting, 2,275 patients have been served, 12,884 transactions completed, and 514.7 pounds of product dispensed. From January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, 1,292 patients were served, 7,916 transactions completed, and 302.7 pounds of product dispensed. CCF dispensed product on 285 days in 2015. The Department maintains 24/7 video surveillance of the ATC operation and access to its internal inventory management system.

Garden State Dispensary (GSD) in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, was issued a permit to cultivate on August 7, 2013, and issued a final permit on November 20, 2013. GSD began dispensing medicinal marijuana to patients on November 22, 2013. Since its initial permitting, 4,785 patients have been served, 32,962 transactions completed, and 1,149.9 pounds of product dispensed. From January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, 2,620 patients were served, 19,942 transactions completed, and 634.9 pounds of product dispensed. GSD dispensed

product on 326 days in 2015. The Department maintains 24/7 video surveillance of the ATC operation and access to its internal inventory management system.

Breakwater ATC (Breakwater) in Cranbury, Middlesex County, was issued a temporary permit to cultivate on November 20, 2014 and issued a final permit on October 14, 2015. Breakwater began dispensing medicinal marijuana to patients on October 15, 2015. From October 15, 2015 through December 31, 2015, 413 patients were served, 783 transactions completed, and 45 pounds of product dispensed. Breakwater dispensed product on 67 days in 2015. The Department maintains 24/7 video surveillance of the ATC operation and access to its internal inventory management system.

Compassionate Science ATC (CS) in Bellmawr, Camden County was issued a temporary permit to cultivate on June 29, 2015 and issued a final permit on September 21, 2015. CS began dispensing medicinal marijuana to patients on September 30, 2015. From September 30, 2015 through December 31, 2015, 778 patients were served, 1,279 transactions completed, and 105 pounds of product dispensed. CS dispensed product on 93 days in 2015. The Department maintains 24/7 video surveillance of the ATC operation and access to its internal inventory management system.

Foundation Harmony (Harmony) has secured a host community in Secaucus, Hudson County. The examination of Harmony principals, corporate structure, and funding source was initiated on December 2, 2014, and is ongoing. The Department is working with Harmony to achieve regulatory compliance during the examination process.

Medicinal Marijuana Cultivation

As a result of amendments to P.L.2009, c.307, ATCs are not limited in the number of strains of medicinal marijuana cultivated. The chart below outlines the number of medicinal marijuana strains cultivated by permitted ATCs since the inception of the program. The laboratory results of strains available are contained in the MMP Strain Library which is available to physicians and patients.

READ MORE — New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program [FULL TEXT]

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Offense

Penalty

Incarceration

Max. Fine

Possession

50 g. or less

Disorderly Person

6 months

$1,000

50 g. or more

Felony

1.5 years

$25,000

Within 1000 feet of a school adds 100 hours of community service, as well as an additional fine.

Distribution

Less than 1 oz.

Felony

1.5 years

$25,000

1 oz. to 5lbs.

Felony

*3-5 years

$25,000

5 lbs to 25 lbs.

Felony

*5-10 years

$150,000

25 lbs. or more

Felony

*10-20 years

$300,000

Within 1000 feet of a school or school bus.

Felony

*3-5 years

$150,000

Includes possession with the intent to distribute.
To minors or pregnant women carries a double term of imprisonment and fine.
* Mandatory minimum sentence.

Cultivation

1 oz. – 5 lbs. (Less than 10 plants)

Felony

*3-5 years

$25,000

5 lbs. – 25 lbs. (10 plants – 49 plants)

Felony

*5-10 years

$150,000

More than 25 lbs. (50 plants or more)

Felony

*10-20 years

$300,000

* Mandatory minimum sentence.

Hash & Concentrates

Possession

Disorderly Person

6 months

$1,000

Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of less than 5 g.

Crime in the fourth degree.

18 months

$10,000

Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of 5 g. – 1 lb.

Crime in the third degree.

5 years

$15,000

Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of 1 lb. – 5 lbs.

Crime in the second degree.

10 years

$150,000

Manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with intent of 5 lbs. or more.

Crime in the first degree.

20 years

$200,000

Paraphernalia

Possession or use of paraphernalia.

Disorderly Person

6 months

$1,000

Sale of paraphernalia.

Felony

*3-5 years

$15,000

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