N.J. Stat. § 54:47F-1

Current through L. 2023, c. 256.
Section 54:47F-1 - Optional social equity excise fee assessed on Class 1 cannabis cultivator licensees
a. There may be a Social Equity Excise Fee imposed by the commission on the cultivation of cannabis by any cannabis cultivator licensed pursuant to the provisions P.L. 2021, c. 16(C.24:6I-31 et al.), or on the cultivation of cannabis for the personal use cannabis marketplace and not for the medical cannabis marketplace by any alternative treatment center deemed to be licensed to engage in personal use cannabis activities pursuant to section 7 of P.L. 2009, c. 307(C.24:6I-7) and issued a Class 1 Cannabis Cultivator license by the commission pursuant to subparagraph (a) of paragraph (3) of subsection a. of section 33 of P.L. 2021, c. 16(C.24:6I-46). The excise fee, if imposed by the commission pursuant to this section, shall be imposed on the receipts from the sale, or equivalent value of the transfer, of usable cannabis by a cannabis cultivator to any other cannabis establishment, other than another cannabis cultivator. Any sale by a cannabis cultivator for which the excise fee is imposed pursuant to this section shall be exempt from the tax imposed under the "Sales and Use Tax Act," P.L. 1966, c.30 (C.54:32B-1 et seq.).
(1) Immediately following the adoption of the commission's initial rules and regulations pursuant to subparagraph (a) of paragraph (1) of subsection d. of section 6 of P.L. 2021, c. 16(C.24:6I-34), there may be an excise fee imposed on a cannabis cultivator's sale or transfer as described in this subsection in the amount of 1/3 of 1% of the Statewide average retail price of an ounce of usable cannabis for consumer purchase, and any fractional portion of an ounce sold or transferred shall be subject to the fee on a proportional basis, during the calendar year the fee may be imposed in accordance with this paragraph; and
(2) Beginning nine months following the first sale or transfer of usable cannabis subject to the excise fee as described in paragraph (1) of this subsection, which sale or transfer is made by a cannabis cultivator that is not also an alternative treatment center deemed to be licensed to engage in personal use cannabis activities pursuant to section 7 of P.L. 2009, c. 307(C.24:6I-7) and issued a Class 1 Cannabis Cultivator license by the commission pursuant to subparagraph (a) of paragraph (3) of subsection a. of section 33 of P.L. 2021, c. 16(C.24:6I-46), the excise fee may be adjusted annually based upon the Statewide average retail price of usable cannabis for consumer purchase in the calendar year next preceding the year in which the adjusted fee would be imposed, and the adjusted excise fee shall be by the ounces of usable cannabis sold or transferred by a cannabis cultivator, and any fractional portion of an ounce sold or transferred shall be subject to the fee on a proportional basis, as follows:
(a) up to $10 per ounce, as established by the commission, if the average retail price of an ounce of usable cannabis was $350 or more;
(b) up to $30 per ounce, as established by the commission, if the average retail price of an ounce of usable cannabis was less than $350 but at least $250;
(c) up to $40 per ounce, as established by the commission, if the average retail price of an ounce of usable cannabis was less than $250 but at least $200; and (d) up to $60 per ounce, as established by the commission, if the average retail price of an ounce of usable cannabis less than $200.
b.
(1) Any excise fee imposed pursuant to this section shall be collected from the cannabis establishment purchasing or acquiring the usable cannabis or paid by the cannabis cultivator, and remitted to the Director of the Division of Taxation. The fee shall be stated, charged, and shown separately on any sales slip, invoice, receipt, or other statement or memorandum of the price paid or payable, or equivalent value of the transfer, for the usable cannabis.
(2) Every cannabis cultivator required to collect or pay any excise fee imposed by this section shall be personally liable for the fee imposed, collected, or required to be collected or paid under this section. Any cannabis cultivator shall have the same right with respect to collecting the fee from the cannabis establishment purchasing or acquiring the usable cannabis, or with respect to non-payment of the fee by the cannabis establishment, as if the fee were a part of the purchase price or value of the transfer of the usable cannabis, and payable at the same time; provided, however, that the director shall be joined as a party in any action or proceeding brought to collect the fee.
c. Any excise fee imposed shall be reported and paid to the Director of the Division of Taxation on a monthly basis, in a manner prescribed by the director.
d. Except as otherwise provided in the "Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act," P.L. 2021, c. 16(C.24:6I-31 et al.), any excise fee imposed pursuant to this section shall be governed by the provisions of the "State Uniform Tax Procedure Law,"R.S. 54:48-1 et seq.
e. Any excise fee imposed under this section shall not apply to sales or transfers of usable cannabis by a cannabis cultivator to a licensed medical cannabis alternative treatment center for use in medical cannabis dispensing pursuant to the "Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act," P.L. 2009, c. 307(C.24:6I-1 et al.) or P.L. 2015, c. 158(C.18A:40-12.22 et al.).
f. Any excise fee revenue collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget into the "Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Fund" established under section 41 of P.L. 2021, c. 16(C.24:6I-50), and shall be used for annual appropriations for investing in social equity programs as set forth in that section.
g. As used in this section:

"Cannabis cultivator" means the same as that term is defined in section 3 of P.L. 2021, c. 16(C.24:6I-33).

"Cannabis establishment" means the same as that term is defined in section 3 of P.L. 2021, c. 16(C.24:6I-33).

"Usable cannabis" means the same as that term is defined in section 3 of P.L. 2021, c. 16(C.24:6I-33).

N.J.S. § 54:47F-1

Added by L. 2021, c. 16,s. 39, eff. 2/22/2021.