We’ve created operational document templates for those seeking NJ Cannabis Licenses. For most of you (if you make under $200k per year), the New Jersey recreational application process will start with the Conditional Application.
The plan requirements for the first-stage conditional application submission are:
- A Business Plan and Management Profile (Email us for a free basic template for this.)
- A Regulatory Compliance Plan (we sell this separately, click to view)
- A Plan to Obtain Liability Insurance (this is up to you)
When you are ready to submit your conditional conversion application (within 120 days), we offer the following set of documents as a kit or a la carte. These are our available NJ Cannabis Operating Plans and Standard Operating Procedures:
- An Environmental Impact Plan
- A Safety and Security Plan
- A Workforce Development Plan
- A Diversity Plan
- Adverse Event SOPs
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control SOPs
- Recall SOPs
- Packaging and Labeling SOPs (cultivation and manufacturing only)
- Inventory Control, Storage and Diversion Prevention SOPs
- Record Keeping SOPs
- Waste Disposal SOPs
- Operations Procedures (Click your license type: Cultivation, Manufacturing, Retail)
- Accounting and Tax Compliance SOPs
- Reporting of Test Results SOP
- Secure Transport of Cannabis SOP (cultivation and manufacturing only)
- Delivery Plan (retail only)
Every document we call a “plan” is written in narrative text, paragraph form. Every document we call a “procedure” or “SOP” is written in step-by-step instructional format.
The cannabis application documents above contain policy citations, links to the regulatory text, and collectively comprise between 110 and 130 pages of text (depending on license type), 12pt single spaced. This set of cannabis operating plans and standard operating procedures is offered at a package discount price of $5797 – $6997. You can also buy these documents individually. Click on each one above to see the prices. The package deal represents a 25% discount over buying each document separately.
Please email us or call 1-877-757-7437 to schedule an appointment to view our cannabis application templates. We are in the Hawaii time zone, which is 5 hours earlier than East Coast, so let us know in your voicemail how late we can return your call.
New Jersey Recreational Cannabis Application – Operating Plans and Procedures
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These Cannabis Cultivation, Manufacturing and Retail Operations documents will save you hundreds of hours preparing your NJ cannabis application!
It’s exciting to see the adult-use cannabis industry in NJ finally coming to fruition! All adults should have the right to consume recreational cannabis, so it’s great that New Jersey is willing to be a leader, beating New York to the launch of a recreational cannabis market.
NJ cannabusiness applications for cultivation and manufacturing will be accepted by the CRC, starting on December 15th, 2021. Cannabis dispensary applications will be accepted starting on March 15th, 2022, so Jersey cannabis retail applicants have a few more months to prepare.
How do I get a recreational cannabis license in New Jersey?
One of your highest priorities should be to find a properly zoned location where you have permission from the municipality (and from the building owner if you are leasing) to operate as a cannabis grower, manufacturer or retailer, and you’ll need at least a few hundred thousand dollars for licensing and buildout.
The nj microbusiness licensees will be able to get a small operation going for under $2 million as cultivators, under $500,000 for manufacturers, and under $300,000 for dispensaries. We hate to break the bad new for you, but a couple hundred thousand bucks won’t get you as far as you think, especially as a grower. Construction, mechanical installation, equipment and climate control systems run into some serious money because you are building out the equivalent of a clean-room lab that has the power and equipment to offset large amounts of moisture and heat.
Tip- if you don’t already know a lot about cultivating commercial cannabis and would be happy with having any kind of recreational cannabis license, you’d probably be best off with a New Jersey cannabis manufacturing license or NJ dispensary license. Manufacturing and Dispensary license types are cheaper types to operate, don’t require as much experience; not as much can go wrong.
How Many NJ Cultivation Permits Will Be Granted in 2022?
The CRC will be granting 37 large-scale cannabis cultivation licenses in 2022. These New Jersey grow license applications will be scored using a pass/fail system, and the first 37 to be submitted that are fully compliance with CRC regulations and application requirements will be granted. More cultivation licenses will be issued in NJ in Feb 2023, which isn’t that far away, so don’t worry if you don’t get one in the first round.
Over time, the rules will loosen up for cultivation businesses, but for now, you’ve got about 400 hours of time to put into gathering and organizing your NJ cannabis application materials. With the cannabis application templates we sell here, we believe we’ve reduced your workload by at least 200-300 hours. We know that because that’s literally how long it took us to write all these plans!
The New Jersey operating plan templates and procedures we offer are written from the standpoint of a hypothetical cannabis license applicant. It’s as if you are getting to see a competitor’s completed application and can use it as a model create your own high-level custom cannabis application!
Here are some sample pages from our NJ Cultivation Procedures. They include policy citations, hyperlinks, and a color coding system.
This is a sample page from the Inventory/Storage/AntiDiversion SOP:
This is a sample page from the Packaging & Labeling SOP:
How Much Will a New Jersey Cannabis License Cost?
Total cost for a cannabis license in New Jersey has many components. The first is the amount that the state will charge to apply for the license. Based on the size of your business, this will range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.
AND…there are many other costs that need to be taken into account for planning purposes when it comes to obtaining a New Jersey recreational cultivation license:
- If you want to start with templates to ease your process and save you time, templates will cost a few thousand dollars.
- If you want to ensure that your license won’t be kicked back over technical errors, an attorney will charge a few thousand dollars to review your documents.
- If you are purchasing a property, your down payment could easily exceed $100k. If you are leasing a property, you’ll need a security deposit, 1st and last month’s rent, plus enough rent money to cover you until you can grow plants. That’s going to run anywhere from $30k to $150k, depending on the size of the property.
- You will need several hundred thousand dollars to cover all of your build-out and early operational expenses. This varies greatly depending on the size of the building. Figure $400 per square foot for a vertical LED setup, which covers equipment, materials, construction and mechanical installation costs. It’s a lot, but you won’t go over-budget if you plan for this level of expenditures. Read more here about cannabis facility design costs.
Contact us today for a pre-purchase tour of the documents! View before you buy and get a fee Q&A session at the same time.
What else should I know about starting my New Jersey Cannabis Application?
If you are applying for one of the larger New Jersey cultivation licenses and must compete with other applicants, there are 4 main components of a winning application: 1) evidence of solid financial backing, 2) evidence of sufficient commercial cannabis production experience, 3) proof of ownership (or owner’s permission to use) of an adequate and properly located cannabis production facility, and 4) a complete and well organized NJ cannabis application.
Hi, I’m Jennifer Martin. I’ve been working on cannabis industry documents and application materials since 2016, and I’ve been designing and operating cannabis cultivation facilities for over 20 years. At heart, I’m a commercial grower, and I wish it were easy to legally set up shop anywhere and just grow cannabis plants for a living. Unfortunately though, many states are concerned about seeming too liberal about legalizing psychoactive substances, so they are generally making it difficult, if not impossible, to get a cannabis license. This is finally changing in New Jersey!
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