“Support” has been given by Pemberton Township Council, in a 3-2 vote on Oct. 25, for the “location” and “operation” of a cannabis dispensary at 348 Lakehurst Road in the Browns Mills section of the municipality, with a mixture of opinions expressed by residents prior to the decision, with those for it appearing to outnumber those against it, though there was some bitter opposition voiced, making for a lively debate.
If all goes as planned, Far & Dotter, the “inclusive cannabis dispensary franchise model” from Curio Wellness, will rehab a vacant building on the parcel that was once a restaurant and bar known as The Hornets Nest, and also, before that, according to Democratic Councilman Paul Detrick, served as the Pemberton library.
It was back in August 2022 that Far & Dotter, with current operations in Maryland, announced the signing of its first franchise agreements “with the goal to expand into two new states once licenses are secured,” Mississippi and New Jersey.
Dr. Haider Rizvi, according to a press release, was named among two individuals serving as part of the “inaugural class of franchisees,” and announced as the New Jersey owner and operator, with his being awarded the chance to open a Far & Dotter location remarkable in that “since the 2021 announcement of the Far & Dotter franchise model, the company has received nearly 800 applications from potential franchisees.”
Each candidate, the release noted, “participated in an extensive, mutual vetting process and demonstrated their drive, community leadership and commitment to wellness.”