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It has been one year since recreational marijuana became legally available in Maplewood and the tax revenues are much higher than expected, police report no significant problems and three more dispensaries are poised to open.
“It’s been going well, even better than we thought,” Mayor Dean Dafis said. “The revenue has been beyond projections.”
The Apothecarium Dispensary, with locations in Lodi and Phillipsburg, two of the state's 16 existing medical marijuana dispensaries, has applied to the state to open a third dispensary in Berkeley Heights, in Union County.
Other Central New Jersey dispensary locations in Woodbridge, Eatontown and Union Township began selling marijuana to adults over 21 years old a year ago, according to parent company AYR Wellness.
The medical marijuana dispensaries were approved to convert to recreational sales by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission in May of last year.
In April 2022, recreational cannabis opened at the Apothecarium in Phillipsburg, NJ. Open since 2020 for medicinal use, recreational sales were grandfathered in per town ordinance. The town opted out of recreational, cultivation and manufacturing by resolution in 2021 before the state deadline unanimously, until there was time to review the guidance, as well as to have the planning board part of the process.
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.
As this reporter drove up to the shop nearing sundown, there were no other vehicles waiting for the drive-thru. There had been issues with the online ordering function, but an employee said it had since been fixed. However, upon returning home, I encountered the same issue when I tried again, just to check.
But while preorders were "encouraged," according to company spokesperson Briana Chester, they were not necessary.
The 5,000 square-foot dispensary, located at 200 NJ-17, features a spacious showroom and interactive “bud bar”, where shoppers can see and smell the product prior to purchase. Patients and consumers can order online or through the Apothecarium app to experience New Jersey’s first-ever dispensary drive-thru. The Apothecarium Lodi is located in one of the most populous regions of Northern New Jersey, 14 miles outside of Manhattan and adjacent to the iconic Satin Dolls “Bada Bing” Club, as featured on The Sopranos.
Just across the street, a family-owned gym was struggling. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, even going to the gym was illegal. Victor DeLuca, then serving as mayor of the Essex County town of 26,000, got word that the gym’s future was up in the air.
An empty 6,000-square-foot storefront across from a main community gathering place? That’s exactly the kind of eyesore that DeLuca had tried to avoid in his nearly quarter-century on the Maplewood Township Committee.
New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved five new recreational dispensaries last week. The Apothecarium in Lodi, Ascend in Montclair, and Garden State Dispensary locations in Eatontown, Woodbridge and Union were approved to expand from medicinal to recreational sales.
There’s no set date for when these new locations will be open to sell recreational cannabis, as they still have to complete a few more steps in their process.
One month into the nascent cannabis industry’s launch, consumers have purchased $24 million in recreational weed, regulators said during a meeting Tuesday where more permits for dispensaries were approved.
Another five medical-only dispensaries will soon be able to start selling adult-use cannabis, joining the 12 dispensaries that started selling recreational weed on April 21. The new locations will be Garden State Dispensaries in Woodbridge, Union, and Eatontown; The Apothecarium in Lodi; and Ascend in Montclair.
TerrAscend Corp. (“TerrAscend” or the “Company”) (CSE: TER) (OTCQX: TRSSF), a leading North American cannabis operator, today announced the first-ever launch of cannabis concentrates in the state of New Jersey. Kind Tree Liquid Live Resin Vape Cartridges and Kind Tree Live Resin Crumble are available exclusively at The Apothecarium Maplewood and Phillipsburg locations. The company also commenced sales of adult-use cannabis-infused edibles under its Valhalla brand.