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New Jersey Recreational Dispensary and Medical Cannabis 2022 FAQ

04.19.22 - 4 min read

Curious about adult-use cannabis? We’re here to help!

Bloomfield: (973) 327-3442

Paterson: (973) 440-2717

Paramus: (973) 996-4570

If I’m new to cannabis, what do I need to know to make a purchase?

  • Adult-use sales starts on April 21, 2022 at our RISE Bloomfield and Paterson locations.
  • Purchase limits and tax details are outlined and provided by the state
  • Bring government-issued ID
  • ATMs are available on-site
  • Join High Risers Rewards to earn points and receive special offers
  • Curbside and pre-order is currently only available for medical-patients
  • Visit our website and explore our menu at  https://risecannabis.com/
  • Our retail team and cannabis experts are here to provide a positive experience
  • More specific details are outlined below

When and where will I be able to buy adult-use cannabis in New Jersey? 

Starting April 21, 2022, customers 21 and over will be able to purchase adult-use marijuana at our RISE Paterson and RISE Bloomfield locations.

RISE Paterson  

Opening hours

On April 21, 2022 only:

  • Medical & Adult-Use 6 am – 9 pm

From April 22 to April 24, 2022:

  • Medical & Adult-Use 9 am – 9 pm
  • Medical only 6 am – 9 am

Starting on April 25, 2022:

  • Medical & Adult-Use 9 am – 9 pm, 7 days/week 
  • Medical only 7 am – 9 am, 7 days/week

Curbside & Parking – Reserved for medical patients only

Medical-only curbside pick-up spots are in green. Medical-only parking spots are in red.

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RISE Bloomfield

Opening hours

On April 21, 2022 only:

  • Medical & Adult-Use 6 am – 9 pm

From April 22 to April 24, 2022:

  • Medical & Adult-Use 9 am – 9 pm
  • Medical only 6 am – 9 am

Starting on April 25, 2022:

  • Medical & Adult-Use 9 am – 9 pm, 7 days/week 
  • Medical only 7 am – 9 am, 7 days/week

Curbside & Parking – Reserved for medical patients only

Medical-only curbside pick-up spots are in green. Medical-only parking spots are in red.

How old do l need to be to purchase adult-use cannabis? What forms of ID are acceptable to enter a RISE location and purchase cannabis product?

You must be at least 21 years old. You must have a valid US government-issued state ID with you – US state driver’s license, NJ ID Card from the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, or a valid passport.

How much cannabis am I allowed to buy?

Adult-use customers will be allowed to purchase:

  • up to one ounce of cannabis;
  • or up to five grams of cannabis concentrate,
  • or some combination thereof, not to exceed one ounce, or the equivalent, of usable cannabis as a cannabis-infused product in solid, liquid, or concentrate form

NOTE:  Purchase amounts subject to change based on availability

How do I pay?

  • There are two ways to pay. We accept CASH payment and have ATMs available at our dispensaries. The ATM fee is $3.50. Or you can sign up for Aeropay via QR Code. Sign up prior to check-out to speed up your process!
Scan this QR code to sign up for Aero Pay

How much is the adult-use cannabis tax in New Jersey?

There are different taxes for each municipality. For the State-level retail taxes, they will be the standard sales taxes for New Jersey.

RISE Bloomfield

6.625% State Sales Tax

2% City Cannabis Tax

RISE Paterson

3.3125% State Sales Tax

For more information regarding specific taxes, please refer to https://www.nj.gov/cannabis/

Will there be long lines at the dispensaries once adult-use cannabis is for sale to anyone 21 and older? 

We expect longer lines than usual, but we’re committed to ensure an easy and enjoyable experience for our guests. We will have separate check-out lines for medical patients to ensure they have full access to the medicine they need once the recreational market opens.

Are there any rule changes for acquiring a medical card? 

At this time, the State has not indicated any changes.

For any additional questions, please go to https://www.nj.gov/cannabis/resources/faqs/index.shtml

420 deals for Bloomfield and Paterson Dispesnaries in New Jersey:

Monday 4/18-Wednesday 4/20

PATERSON, BLOOMFIELD, PARAMUS

  • 20% off storewide

*Variety of raffles at all locations

Thursday 4/21-Saturday 4/23

PARAMUS ONLY

  • 20% off storewide

**This extended sale at Paramus is contingent on receiving GTI medical goods for the Paramus location, which we are still establishing if it is possible with cultivation.  If it is not possible, the sale will potentially shift to Clear The Vault for the Paramus location only.

How does Adult Use Cannabis sales affect Medical patients?

Our dispensary roots are in supporting the well-being of our medical patients.

We will always put our patients first. RISE offers all medical-patients:

  • Pre-order available online 24/7
  • Separate line, ordering and check-out
  • Exclusive product inventory and availability
  • Curbside and designated parking available for medical patients
  • Exclusive hours not available to adult-use customers
  • Our RISE Paramus location will exclusively only service medical patients

Are there special hours for Medical patients?

Our RISE Paterson and RISE Bloomfield locations are currently offering 2 hours each day exclusively for Medical patients (please see hours below). RISE Paramus will continue to service only medical-patients.

RISE Paterson  

Prioritized medical patient curbside pick-up spots are in green. Medical-only parking spots are in red.

Curbside is prioritized only for patients who are immunocompromised, disabled, seniors, ill or accompanied by minors.

OPENING HOURS

On April 21, 2022 only:  Medical & Adult-Use 6 am – 9 pm

From April 22 to April 24, 2022:

Medical & Adult-Use 9 am – 9 pm

Medical only 6 am – 9 am

Starting on April 25, 2022:

Medical & Adult-Use 9 am – 9 pm, 7 days/week 

Medical only 7 am – 9 am, 7 days/week

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RISE Bloomfield

Prioritized medical patient curbside pick-up spots are in green. Medical-only parking spots are in red.

Curbside is prioritized only for patients who are immunocompromised, disabled, seniors, ill or accompanied by minors.

OPENING HOURS

On April 21, 2022 only: Medical & Adult-Use 6 am – 9 pm

From April 22 to April 24, 2022:

Medical & Adult-Use 9 am – 9 pm

Medical only 6 am – 9 am

Starting on April 25, 2022:

Medical & Adult-Use 9 am – 9 pm, 7 days/week 

Medical only 7 am – 9 am, 7 days/week

Are there RISE Dispensaries in New Jersey?

Yes, there are three dispensaries in New Jersey.

  • Bloomfield and Paterson – Available to both medical patients and adult-use customers
  • Paramus – Currently only available to medical patients

Where can I order New Jersey cannabis online?

Visit https://risecannabis.com/dispensary-locations/new-jersey/ to locate a RISE dispensary and view our menu of award-winning cannabis products. Pre-order is currently only available to medical patients.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in New Jersey and become a patient?

Visit risecannabis.com for information about how to get a medical card in New Jersey. You can also visit any RISE Dispensary in New Jersey and our patient care specialists will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the right information.
To become a registered patient with the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP), you must:

1. Be a New Jersey resident.

2. Maintain a bona fide relationship with a physician who is registered with the program. To learn what qualifies, click here: https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/patients/

3. Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a New Jersey health care practitioner registered with the MMP. For the state’s list of approved debilitating medical conditions click here: https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/patients/#content

4. Complete Patient registration at https://njmmp.nj.gov/njmmp/. You will need:
-Photograph taken within 60 days
-Government-issued ID
Proof of New Jersey residency
-Payment

For complete information and requirements on these items please visit
https://njmmp.nj.gov/njmmp/

Why does this New Jersey dispensary have limitations on the purchase method?

According to NJ marijuana law, we are required to follow the state mandate issued by Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey’s Department of Health which states that medical cannabis will be packaged in 1/4 oz. or 1/8 oz. denominations only, with a maximum purchase of 3 ounces in a 30-day period. This does not apply to terminal patients, who have no limit on purchase.

Are there any changes to the Rewards program regarding point acruals and offers?

No – there are no changes to the current rewards program. You will still earn a point for every dollar spent ($1 spent = 1 point earned) and have great deals sent straight to your phone and email inbox. At checkout, just let our team know you are a Rewards member and we’ll take care of the rest!

Can I use my Rewards points at any New Jersey RISE dispensary?

Absolutely! Points earned during a transaction at a New Jersey RISE dispensary can be used at all three New Jersey RISE dispensary locations. At checkout, just let our team know you are a Rewards member and we will confirm how many points you have and if you want to use them on the current transaction

Can I use my Medical Marijuana card at multiple dispensary locations?

You can choose any New Jersey ATC (Alternative Treatment Center), but may only be registered with one location at a time. There is no cost to change your ATC registration.

If this is my first time to this RISE store, what do I need to do?

Please bring your valid NJ Medical Marijuana Card, state-issued ID, or passport, and cash. All our stores have ATMs available on-site. We also accept online payments through Aeropay. If you have questions, we provide consultations in person.

What do I do if I need help and want to speak with a live person?

You can call a RISE Dispensary in New Jersey at the provided phone number and ask to speak to a patient care specialist for assistance. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

How does a caregiver purchase product for a Medical patient?

You simply need to provide your Caregiver Medical Marijuana Program ID card and state issued ID when ordering on risecannabis.com, or in-person. For complete details on how to register and become a Caregiver, click here: https://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/caregivers/

What types of payments are available at RISE Dispensaries in New Jersey?

All of our dispensaries accept cash and have ATMs available on site. We also accept online payments through Aeropay. We recommend you bring cash to speed up your wait time. Please contact your New Jersey Dispensary nearby for details.

Is recreational marijuana legal in New Jersey?

 Yes, Recreational Marijuana is now legal in New Jersey as of April 21, 2022 for adults 21 and older.

What is your return policy?

Return Policy:
Only valid on non-functioning cartridges. Return must be completed within last 14 days or else DOH will not allow the exchange. Must be for same exact product,and if we no longer have the product you originally purchased, we can replace it with another cartridge in the same category. All returns are at the discretion of the manager.

Do RISE NJ Marijuana Dispensaries offer curbside pickup?

Yes, curbside pickup is an option for patients who prefer not to enter the dispensary. Call or email us if you have any questions, or to arrange a pickup.

Is Medical Marijuana legal in New Jersey?

Yes. Both medical and recreational cannabis are now legal in New Jersey.

In February 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed three pieces of legislation that legalized and decriminalized marijuana for adult, non-medical use.

Recreational marijuana is legal for adult use in New Jersey as of April 21, 2022. The state uses the term “regulated cannabis” to mean marijuana purchased at a licensed store or dispensary.

Possession and use of marijuana obtained outside of a licensed store is decriminalized. This means the use or possession of up to 6 ounces of marijuana no longer has any criminal or civil consequences in the state of New Jersey.

Does NJ accept out-of-state MMJ cards?

The short answer is “yes,” but the rules regarding out-of-state medical marijuana cards in New Jersey are complex. According to the state’s Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act that took effect in July 2019, people who are medical marijuana patients in other states can be qualified as patients in New Jersey for up to six months.

New Jersey now has “reciprocity” for out-of-state medical marijuana patients who have the same qualifications as New Jersey state resident MMJ patients.

Reciprocity lasts for up to six months and allows you to legally possess and use medical marijuana.

You can’t legally buy medical marijuana in New Jersey with an out-of-state medical card until you have been authorized by a New Jersey medical marijuana physician.

To be able to visit a licensed dispensary in New Jersey and purchase marijuana with an out-of-state medical marijuana card, you need to receive authorization from a New Jersey medical practitioner that states that you qualify for New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.

You will go through the same process as state residents who apply for the medical marijuana program. Once you receive physician approval, you will be entered into the state’s medical marijuana program registry. You’ll receive a medical marijuana card that is good for up to six months or the amount of time you will be visiting New Jersey, whichever is shorter. If you’ll be staying longer than six months, you should apply for a medical marijuana card as a regular resident. [Source]

Does insurance pay for medical Marijuana?

No. Unfortunately, health insurance does not yet pay for medical marijuana.

Do I need a medical card to purchase medical marijuana in NJ?

Yes. You do need a medical cannabis card to buy legal marijuana in New Jersey. The card is provided by the State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program. Before you start the process of getting a medical card in New Jersey, you need to visit a Medicinal Marijuana Program physician and receive a referral to the program for your qualifying condition.

Do I need a prescription from a physician?

Yes. They can recommend qualified patients for registration in New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP).

In order to get the card, you must have a “bona fide relationship” with the physician who is registered with the MMP. You also need to be a New Jersey resident, and to have been diagnosed with a qualifying health condition. Qualifying conditions include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Intractable skeletal spasticity
  • Migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
  • Terminal illness with a prognosis of less than 12 months to live
  • Tourette Syndrome

Where is it safe to consume marijuana in New Jersey? Where can I legally use cannabis?

Although marijuana is decriminalized in New Jersey, you can’t smoke it anywhere you wish. You can legally use cannabis on your own property, or in the privacy of your own home.

According to the state of New Jersey, you specifically can’t smoke marijuana “on a school bus, on public transportation, or in a private vehicle while in motion. Additionally, no one may smoke medicinal marijuana on any school grounds or at any correctional facility, public park, beach, recreation center, or other place where smoking is prohibited.”

Can someone help me get medical marijuana?

You can contact a licensed New Jersey physician who is authorized to participate in the state’s medicinal marijuana program (MMP). Using email, you can register as a medical marijuana patient with the state of New Jersey.

If you need assistance, we’re always here to help. Get in touch with our Patient Care Specialists by using our contact form or calling the nearest RISE dispensary directly. We’re always happy to help with the process and answer any questions you may have.

How much medical marijuana can I buy and possess?

According to the state of New Jersey, medical patient can only purchase 3 ounces of medical marijuana in a 30-day period. See the NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s Reports and Toolkits website.  [website is: https://www.nj.gov/cannabis/documents/toolkits/LegalCannabisInNJ.pdf]

Patients who are end-of-life (terminally ill) have no limits on the amount they can purchase. The state’s decriminalization of cannabis means that you cannot be charged for possessing up to 6 ounces of marijuana at a time, but this is not the same as how much cannabis you are allowed to purchase at a licensed dispensary through the medicinal marijuana program (MMP).

Adult-use customers will be allowed to purchase:

NOTE:  Purchase amounts subject to change based on availability

Do RISE Dispensaries accept Cash only?

RISE dispensaries in New Jersey accept cash and have ATMs available on site. We also accept online payments through Aeropay at our NJ dispensaries.

Can I walk into a cannabis dispensary without a card?

No, you cannot walk into a New Jersey medical marijuana dispensary without an MMP card. According to New Jersey’s instructions for patients and caregivers, you must carry proper identification, including your MMP card, at all times. So, you should always have your card when visiting a RISE dispensary.

Do RISE Dispensaries accept Cash only?

RISE dispensaries in New Jersey accept cash and have ATMs available on site. We also accept online payments through Aeropay at our NJ dispensaries.

Can I walk into a cannabis dispensary without a card?

No, you cannot walk into a New Jersey medical marijuana dispensary without an MMP card. According to New Jersey’s instructions for patients and caregivers, you must carry proper identification, including your MMP card, at all times. So, you should always have your card when visiting a RISE dispensary.

Do I need to complete the New Jersey Compliance Documents when visiting RISE NJ Dispensaries?

Yes, all medical patients must complete the New Jersey Compliance Documents when visiting RISE NJ Dispensaries.

What cannabis product can I buy in NJ?

Rise Dispensaries in New Jersey offer medical marijuana products like:

  • Edibles
  • Pre-rolls
  • Flower
  • Tinctures
  • Topicals
  • Vapes
  • Marijuana gear

Does this New Jersey dispensary provide curbside pickup?

Yes, currently for medical patients only. We’re pleased to offer curbside pickup, a special service prioritized for patients who are immunocompromised, disabled, seniors, ill or accompanied by minors.
If you don’t meet the criteria defined above, please enter the dispensary to pick up your purchase in-store. Thank you in advance for your cooperation⁠! You’re helping RISE create a safer, more efficient experience for all of our patients.

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