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The city, which is adjusting its law governing recreational cannabis businesses, does not want them located in residential buildings.
An amendment to Camden's cannabis ordinance had its first reading at last week's Council meeting and will get the second reading, public comment, and final vote at the August 8 meeting.
An East Orange resident is expressing disappointment after finding out plans for a legal marijuana dispensary in her hometown would have to be put on hold. Precious Osagie-Erese’s application was denied municipal approval, a major barrier many other Black and brown cannabis businesses are facing across the state.
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.
When Bell's doors first opened at the corner of Kaighn and Haddon avenues, Albert Einstein and Edwin Hubble were researchers at California Institute of Technology; Bela Lugosi was starring in the first Dracula movie; construction of the Empire State Building had just ended and had just begun on Rockefeller Center; "The Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the U.S. national anthem; and marijuana had yet to be federally banned, so pharmacies like Bell sold cannabis products.
Bell Pharmacy, located at 1201 Haddon Avenue in Camden County, N.J., is waiting to be approved for an annual cannabis license, KYW reported. Because the store has two legal addresses, it makes it easier to operate both businesses.
This would be the first cannabis dispensary in the city of Camden. Bell has operated since 1931 and is renovating its second floor to add the marijuana dispensary. The project is a full circle moment for a business that sold weed to customers during the 30s before alcohol prohibition in the United States.
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.
The city government’s ad hoc cannabis committee presented its final recommendation to city council on Tuesday night, which included the move to allow cultivation licenses and exclude recreational cannabis from certain neighborhood commercial districts.
After four months of public meetings and behind the scenes brainstorming, the committee’s task is complete. Now, council will decide how to move forward with bringing cannabis businesses to the city.
Other big cities, like Atlantic City, Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Trenton and nearly 60 other New Jersey towns, scrambled to enact regulatory measures to cash in on cannabis. Camden’s regulations for pot businesses appear to be weeks or maybe months away.
“I’m not concerned with expediency. I’m concerned with getting it right,” said Nichelle Pace, chair of this city’s 18-member cannabis committee. Pace says, at this point, “all things are on the table.”
On Thursday, New Jersey legislators in the state Senate and Assembly both passed landmark legislation approving recreational adult-use cannabis, eliminating criminal and civil penalties for possession of up to six ounces of marijuana, and downgrading the penalty for sale of up to one ounce of the drug to a warning for first offenders and fourth-degree (disorderly persons) charges for subsequent offenses.
Researchers said seven counties saw more than 2,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2017: