A crowd of officials were on hand Friday, to witness Mayor Andre Sayegh cut the ribbon at Rise Paterson.
“This, I can say — on those three different levels — will be beneficial for us: the jobs, the revenue and the convenience for the constituents that really need it,” Sayegh said.
Tight regulations under former Gov. Chris Christie limited New Jersey to just six medical marijuana dispensaries statewide, including facilities in Montclair and Secaucus.
The Murphy administration dramatically expanded patient access, as it has also pushed, thus far unsuccessfully, to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults. In addition to Rise, another of the six licensed under Murphy is due to break ground in Mercer County within months.
Due to security constraints, the only marijuana on hand in Paterson on Friday was what was pictured on dispensary walls. Rise, which is growing its product in another Paterson location, will have a limited supply available Saturday, including two strains of flower, which will cost $60 for an eighth of an ounce.