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“Curaleaf is phasing out cultivation at our Bellmawr, New Jersey location to meet current business needs, and will utilize that location for other operations at this time,” the statement noted.
“This allows us to consolidate our production of key platforms with our Winslow facility and will streamline processes to increase output.
“Winslow has the capacity to support New Jersey’s overall market demand.”
A former employee of Curaleaf is suing the multi-state cannabis operator alleging retaliation for speaking up during an investigation into the consumption of alcohol at one of its dispensaries.
The ex-employee filed the lawsuit March 7 in Camden County against Curaleaf, records show. The complaint alleges Curaleaf wrongfully terminated the man in November for answering truthfully during a human resources investigation into alleged drinking by employees at a Bellmawr dispensary on the day prior to the launch of the sale of recreational marijuana.
According to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), those 13 locations are:
- Apothecarium, 1865 Springfield, Avenue, Maplewood
- Apothecarium, 55 South Main Street, Phillipsburg
- Ascend Wellness, 174 Route 17 North, Rochelle Park
- RISE, 26-48 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield
- RISE, 196 3rd Avenue, , Paterson
Bright and early for first legal weed sales in NJ
The first sales occurred before sunrise in Paterson and Bloomfield, where two RISE Dispensaries opened at 6 a.m.
Tony Marrero from Garfield was the third person in line. He said he had come to Paterson many times to buy weed, but this was the first time he was doing it legally, without fear of being arrested by the police officers stationed at the parking lot entrance.
“I’m excited, I feel like a kid in a candy store,” Marrero said. “Give me some of that, and some of that and a little of this.”
At the RISE Medical & Recreational Marijuana Dispensary in Bloomfield, customers were happy about the opportunity to finally legally purchase weed.
“I’m just happy to be here,” Newark resident Manny said. “Marijuana has done wonders for me in my life. Helped me with a lot of things and struggles and depression and kept me off, you know, prescription medication.”
He also touted the tax revenue that could be brought in through marijuana sales to help fix roads and pay for schools.
Here’s what to know on the first day of legal weed in New Jersey.
Where is the nearest dispensary?
The Apothecarium in Phillipsburg is the closest New Jersey dispensary that has been cleared for recreational sales. It opens at 10 a.m. Thursday at 55 South Main Street.
Parent company TerrAscend also has an Apothecarium in Maplewood, which opens at 9 a.m.
Other New Jersey legal weed sites are:
• Verano, under the Zen Leaf banner, at its locations in Elizabeth and Lawrence at 9 a.m.
New Jersey cannabis regulators on Monday said 13 medical marijuana stores, including seven in South Jersey, will be allowed to start selling recreational weed, possibly within weeks, giving millions of adults in the Philadelphia area local access to legal cannabis for the first time.
Recreational marijuana is coming to New Jersey, but it won’t be on every corner.
In Philadelphia’s South Jersey suburbs, 40 of 100 municipalities have opened their doors to cannabis businesses within their borders under New Jersey’s legalization law, which was signed in February and allowed towns to ban marijuana businesses ― but not the delivery of cannabis to residents.
Curaleaf Edgewater Park is a 7,640 square foot dispensary conveniently located off the Burlington Pike at 4237 Route 130 South and is open to all patients with a valid medical card. Curaleaf has been serving New Jersey’s medical community since the opening of its Bellmawr dispensary in 2015, and the Company anticipates opening a third dispensary in Central New Jersey later this summer. Patients will have expanded access to Curaleaf’s diverse line of award-winning product offerings including branded flower, vapes and ingestible products.
Many municipalities are troubled by the unknown because their decisions must be made before they have from the Cannabis Regulatory Commission's regulations in hand.
Mount Laurel and Voorhees are planning on marijuana outlets in their towns, viewing cannabis as a potential source of economic growth.
"There is an economic motivation to having this in the town," Mario DiNatale, the Voorhees director of community and economic development, told 70and73.com. He cited the approximately $360,000 brought in quarterly in Bellmawr from medical marijuana alone.