A New Jersey couple is facing charges of "alleged distribution of unregulated marijuana in Phillipsburg," a city in New Jersey that borders Pennsylvania. On June 30, they were arrested for third-degree distribution of over one ounce of marijuana and third-degree conspiracy to distribute over one ounce of marijuana.
At issue is not so much the selling of unregulated weed, but where Krista Winters and Michael Kearney did it: Right in front of The Apothecarium, a legal pot shop, in Phillipsburg at 55 S. Main St. In May and June, they parked outside the store and sold cannabis on the sidewalk.
"I was protesting about corporations monopolizing the market," Winters tells CelebStoner. "The slightest hint of competition is enough for them to call the cops."
Which is what, she says, The Apothecarium, owned by TerrAscend, did:
"There were sporatic set ups outside the dispensary. We were right out front able to be seen by any marijuana user passing by. We were allegedly selling top-shelf THC outside of the dispensary for an affordable price for customers. No price gouging, no bags of schwag. We allegedly had flower for people and were giving away edibles for free. We saw a need to help people who were beinbg taken advantage of. We're both medical patients and cannot afford the supply from a dispensary. This New Jersey marijuana is a circus and in no way is designed to help the people. They set up undercover buys that were always less than an ounce because we knew better than give anyone more than that."