The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved recreational marijuana sales at the Zen Leaf medical marijuana dispensary in Neptune, the 18th retail cannabis location statewide approved for legal weed sales and just the second in Monmouth County.
Approval by the commission came just two days after the Neptune Township Committee granted local approval to the expansion sought by Verano Holdings, Zen Leaf's parent company.
The dispensary will still require final inspections before the sales can start. At other dispensaries, recreational sales usually began within two weeks of CRC approval.
“Commencing adult use cannabis sales at Zen Leaf Neptune will mark the culmination of a years-long effort to maximize Verano’s New Jersey footprint,” Verano Holdings founder and CEO George Archos said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming adult use customers at Zen Leaf Neptune alongside our valued medical patients on the beautiful Jersey Shore in the near future.”