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Today the Department of Health released an updated Request for Applications for 24 additional Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) Licenses throughout the state. The ATCs will have three endorsement/permit types: cultivation, dispensary, and vertically integrated permits. Vertically integrated permits will authorize the permit holder to cultivate, process, and dispense medical marijuana. In total, the Department will issue:

  • Up to 5 cultivation endorsements
  • Up to 15 dispensary endorsements
  • Up to 4 vertically integrated permits


Siva also sent out an alert about NJ yesterday

New Jersey


Monday, July 1 – RFA Notice Released

Monday, July 15 (Or before) – Application + Forms Posted

Friday, August 2 – Pre-Application Webinar

Wednesday, August 21 at 3PM EST – Deadline for Dispensary Applications

Thursday, Aug 22 at 3PM EST – Deadline for Cultivation & Vertical

Applicants shall submit two checks to the “Treasurer, State of New Jersey”.

The first check will be $2,000.

The second check will be $18,000.

If the application is unsuccessful, the $2,000 check will be retained, and the $18,000 check will be returned.

· Applicants may only apply for one cultivation endorsement and may only submit one application per region.

· Applicants can submit up for up to three individual endorsements, but endorsements can not be for the same region.

· Current ATC holders are not eligible to participate in this RFA

· The Department will seek up to the following numbers of permit endorsements in each region as follows:
Northern Region

  • Cultivation Endorsements: 2
  • Dispensary Endorsements: 5
  • Vertical Endorsements: 1

Central Region

  • Cultivation Endorsements: 2
  • Dispensary Endorsements: 5
  • Vertical Endorsements: 1

Southern Region

  • Cultivation Endorsements: 1
  • Dispensary Endorsements: 5
  • Vertical Endorsements: 1

· The Department will seek to issue cultivation endorsements in the following tiers of canopy size:

  • 0-5,000 Square Feet of Canopy: 1 Endorsement
  • 5,001 – 20,000 Square Feet of Canopy: 2 Endorsements
  • 20,001 – 30,000 Square Feet of Canopy: 2 Endorsements

Application Breakdown

The application will be broken down into two sections:

Part A – Identified Criteria (Not Scored)

Part B – Non-Identified Criteria (300 Points Awarded – 100 page limit)
Criterion 1: Ability to meet the overall health needs of qualified patients and safety of public (30 pts)

  • Security Plan (10 points)
  • Environmental Impact Plan (10 points)
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance (10 Points)

Criterion 2: History of compliance (20 points)

  • Background of principals, board and owners (20 points)

Criterion 3: Ability in ensuring an adequate supply of marijuana (20 points)

  • Financing Plan (20 points)

Criterion 4: Community Support and Participation

  • Ties to local community (20 points)

Criterion 5: Ability to provide research contributions (10 Points)

  • Research contributions (10 points)

Criterion 6: Experience Cultivating/Dispensing (100 points)

Criterion 7: Workforce and job creation Plan (Social Equity) (100 points)

  • Labor Peace Agreement (30 points)
  • Labor Compliance Plan (20 points)
  • Minority Owned, Women-owned or veteran-owned business certification(30 points)
  • Workforce and job-creation plan (20 points)