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But Waretown amended the laws in August to allow for recreational sales at Bloc, saying the additional two percent revenue the township would get from adult use would help keep tax increases lower as costs rise across the board.
"Without this additional funding there would be a substantial increase in the municipal tax rate," Committeeman Ben LoPoro said at the time.
Local police spoke with South Toms River police, home of the county's first recreational marijuana business, and learned that they had no issues since its opening.
The first dispensary for sales of recreational marijuana opened in Ocean County Friday. Before the Social Leaf Dispensary opened in South Toms River, customers would have to travel long distances to access recreational products.
Last week also saw the opening for medical marijuana sales of the Bloc Dispensary in Waretown, Ocean County.
Ocean County's first legalized cannabis business has opened as of July 5, and the team at Waretown's Bloc Dispensary encourages residents to throw out their old-fashioned ideas about marijuana and give them a chance.
Bloc Dispensary, located at 501 U.S. 9 South, is a purely medical cannabis facility, as required by Waretown's laws. You need to have a medical marijuana card to even enter the store.
Patch was there on its opening day as a steady amount of customers entered the store, hoping to get their hands on the products they needed.
A new marijuana dispensary in Somerset County has recently been approved to allow recreational cannabis for adults.
Bloc Dispensary, at 1075 Easton Ave., Somerset, officially opened for medical use only in December 2022. The dispensary was able to expand its cannabis offerings for recreational use as of March 2.
A new cannabis dispensary is all set to open in Mercer County in the fall.
Canna Remedies will be coming to Ewing in the fall of 2023. The dispensary will be located at 2175 Spruce Street.
The team behind Canna Remedies developed Keystone Canna Remedies, the first dispensary to open in Pennsylvania. They grew to three locations across the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos before being acquired by TerrAscend in 2021.