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The Mexican Food Factory is the longest continually running eatery in Evesham, operating since 1979. A prospective cannabis business approached the family-owned restaurant about putting a dispensary at the site. Evesham Township Council approved the dispensary for 601 Route 70 W at Wednesday's meeting.
In the meantime, The Mexican Food Factory remains open for business. The move isn't guaranteed either. Opening a dispensary in New Jersey is a multipronged process requiring various approvals at the local and state levels.
A cannabis cultivation firm’s proposed plan to relocate its operations from a 30,000 square-foot facility in urban Irvington, Essex County to a more “environmentally friendly” 17-acre soybean tract on North Pemberton Road in Pemberton Township and construct a “beautiful campus” known as “Pemberton Farm” that would include erecting a 40,000 square-foot red barn, with a pitch to hire “local talent with deep AG experience” has incensed a group of local farmers who have responded publicly by calling the operation “fake farming,” and the prospective end result a “fake farm.”
An adult-use dispensary in Burlington County originally set to open for recreational use Friday had to pull out last minute due to a discrepancy with the town.
Curaleaf, which also operates an adult-use dispensary in Bellmawr in Camden County, says it’s still working with the municipality in Edgewater Park
Bergen, Burlington, Camden and Monmouth counties appear to lead the pack when it comes to communities giving a green light for legal weed businesses — either medical or recreational sales or cultivation of cannabis—under updated state regulations.
At least 14 communities in Bergen and nearly a dozen in Burlington have opted to allow some form of regulated cannabis business, while eight communities each in Camden and Monmouth counties have opted in.
In Milltown, voters have the final say while casting ballots in November.
A fired worker is testing New Jersey’s state’s cannabis law by suing his former employer, alleging he was wrongfully terminated for marijuana use days after the state legalized the drug.
New Jersey’s top court ruled last year that employers cannot fire medical marijuana patients who use cannabis in their free time. The new marijuana legalization law will extend these protections to those 21 and older, but whether or not that provision applies to workers now has been debated.
A new marijuana dispensary has opened in Burlington County, as local governing bodies continue to discuss how recreational marijuana will be regulated within their jurisdictions.
Curaleaf has opened a dispensary in Edgewater Park, the company announced last week. With the new site, Curaleaf said it has tripled the company's cultivation capabilities to serve both the existing New Jersey medical market and the forthcoming adult-use market.
New Jersey’s statewide push to allow recreational cannabis for adults is meeting some resistance on the local level. Some towns have already chosen to ban cannabis companies, and others — hoping for more guidance from the Cannabis Regulatory Commission — must decide before the August 21 deadline.
In Edgewater Park, Burlington County the decision was to say yes to a Curaleaf medical marijuana dispensary; the grand opening was Friday.
Mount Laurel on Monday night moved toward opening parts of town to the cultivation, manufacture and retail sale of recreational marijuana.
Township Council members voted 5-0 to introduce an ordinance permitting the cannabis activities in commercial and industrial areas of town. A final vote on the ordinance is scheduled after a June 14 public hearing.
One challenge is the growing number of municipalities across the state that have enacted bans on the budding industry. According to NJ.com, dozens of cities and towns have preemptively blocked the sale of recreational cannabis within their borders. South Jersey municipalities that have passed bans include Bridgeton in Cumberland County, Lumberton in Burlington County, Manning Township and Upper Pittsgrove in Salem County, and Pleasantville and Somers Point in Atlantic County.
Researchers said seven counties saw more than 2,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2017: