A medical marijuana pharmacy should open here in mid-December, though representatives for the developer say its locally grown products might not be available for sale until early February 2020.
Columbia Care New Jersey LLC representatives were before the city Planning Board on Wednesday night. The board agreed to support the facility opening with only a temporary certificate of occupancy, although the decision must come from the city construction code official.
Heather Sabetta, an engineer on the project, told the board that the developer expects the dispensary at 1062 N Delsea Drive to be ready to open the week of December 16.
Clint Allen, an attorney for Columbia Care, said the roughly dozen employees initially will only be doing training and “shakedown” runs on operating protocols.
Columbia Care is building a dispensary and a related “grow” facility at different locations in Vineland. Both are still under construction.
The grow facility, at 1560 North West Boulevard, is the sole source of supply for the dispensary or pharmacy. The dispensary is opening in a renovated plumbing and water care business at North Delsea Drive near West Oak Road.