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The city's first adult use cannabis dispensary will open to customers 21 years or older on Thursday, September 7. The Queen City Dispensary is located at 1353 South Avenue. You can visit the dispensary's website here.
Mayor Adrian Mapp will join the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with City Council President Charles McRae and Director of Economic Development Zenobia Fields. The ceremony will start at 4pm, and doors should open at 4:20pm, a nod to the product that will be sold.
The state’s largest cannabis union, UFCW Local 360, announced an application process for its apprenticeship program that’s meant to provide hands-on training for those who want to start a career in New Jersey legal weed industry as a retail employee.
Individuals can apply for the program from Friday, June 23 to July 7. The program is slated to start in the mid-August to September time period.
Vangst, a leading cannabis industry jobs platform, has released the annual 2023 Cannabis Jobs Report, which found that there are now 417,493 full-time equivalent jobs supported by the legal cannabis industry in the U.S. This represents a 2% drop in employment. It is the first time legal cannabis jobs have declined year-over-year since the modern legal era began in 2012.
“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.”
Miami-based multistate cannabis operator Ayr Wellness eliminated 180 jobs across the United States, a spokesperson confirmed to MJBizDaily.
The company has roughly 2,700 employees across the country.
“This decision was not made lightly but was a necessary part of the Company’s overall plan to improve efficiency and realign key priorities,” Ayr said in a statement.
Workers at Curaleaf Holdings’ cannabis store in Edgewater, New Jersey, unionized with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360.
The Curaleaf store was originally a medical marijuana-only dispensary but recently started selling adult-use marijuana.
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360 is pleased to announce the decision by workers at Harmony Foundation, and its Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus, NJ., to unionize as members of UFCW. Harmony employees can now add their names to the quickly growing ranks of UFCW Local 360 from across New Jersey’s young marijuana economy. Recently, Harmony announced its intention to expand into the adult use marijuana market, and to open locations in Hoboken, Jersey City – as well as a new cultivation site in Lafayette.
Free and open to the public, Valley Wellness, a medical cannabis dispensary located in Raritan, in partnership with the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board and Premier MD are bringing a one-of-a-kind event to Raritan Valley Community College on Wednesday, October 5th from 4-6pm.
“We worked hard this year to get Valley Wellness ready to open this November; now we’re excited to get into the community and provide employment opportunities to area residents,” states Sarah Trent, CEO of Valley Wellness.
“The East Coast – specifically the New York and New Jersey markets – is poised for tremendous growth as the most densely populated states in the country finally start stepping on the gas pedal for its adult-use market. The labor market itself is still incredibly strong, and weve seen a trend of job seekers who have learned transferable skills and experience and are putting them to good use in the cannabis industry,” said Liesl Bernard, CEO of CannabizTeam.
What are some of the most important skills for people who want to become "budtenders" in New Jersey's burgeoning legal cannabis industry? Here's what Dishmen and Penn had to say when asked by Patch: