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Two cannabis manufacturing licenses may be issued to Sweetspot Manufacturing LLC and Wiseco NJ LLC.
Warren, Rhode Island-based Sweetspot has a dispensary in Voorhees, Camden County.
Clifton, Passaic County-based Wiseco NJ is a grassroots, Black-women owned cannabis operator, according to its website.
The third cannabis license, which is for retail, may be issued to Bud Bazaar LLC.
South River resident Tara "Misu" Sargente, owner of Blazin Bakery, the first legal, woman-owned marijuana edibles company in New Jersey, was approved to open a state-licensed cannabis manufacturing facility in the Russell Avenue warehouse.
Sargente, who also owns Green Alchemy, sought a use variance to run a 4,094-square-foot manufacturing facility in the warehouse.
A use variance also was approved for Cedar Fairmont Health Cultivators, of East Brunswick, to operate a cannabis manufacturing facility at the site.
A truncated Montclair Planning Board met on April 24 to consider an application for another cannabis operation in town. Among the absent board members were Chairman John Wynn and Vice Chair Keith Brodock, leaving Carmel Loughman to serve as chair pro tempore for the meeting, while Deputy Planning Director Tommy Scibilia sat on the dais in place of the absent Planning Director Janice Talley.
While none are yet open, Newton is just months away from having three retail cannabis retail stores, a delivery service and a manufacturing plant.
On Monday, the Town Council approved Curiosity Cannabis to open a retail operation at 70-72 Mill St., which would be next door to another retail store 78 Mill St., and across the street from where a manufacturing business also has plans before town and state approving agencies.
Now they’re getting their wish as the first medicinal marijuana shop has opened in town just days after state officials approved what will be the borough’s first recreational, or adult use, dispensary.
“The people of the community voted overwhelmingly for the sale of recreational marijuana, we are only following the will of the people,” said Borough Administrator Steve Gallo. “These are tightly controlled businesses, serious regulations and we don’t anticipate any problems.”
Green Recreational Holdings LLC’s application was approved to operate a Class 2 Cannabis Manufacturer at 185-199 6th Avenue, while CANN-SC LLC, Aurora Green LLC and Green Leaf Pharma NJ, LLC’s application were approved to operate as a Class 1 Cannabis Cultivator at 189 E. 7th St., 52-66 Iowa Ave, and 48 E. 23rd St.
On Dec. 2, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), the five-member state board that regulates the industry and oversees licensing, signed off on Harmony’s application to expand operations under its vertically integrated medicinal permits to include recreational sales.
As part of the approval, Harmony received a Class 1 Cultivation license for its facilities at 600 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus and 144 Route 94 in Lafayette, as well as a Class 2 Manufacturing license at the Lafayette site and a Class 5 Retailer license at the Secaucus location.
GDBS Distributors LLC, headed by Neptune resident Jay Smith, is now in line to become the first certified minority-owned company in the state to take the step from having a conditional license to a standard license.
Smith, an engineer and CEO of GDBS Distributors LLC, praised the township's vision after the Nov. 28 vote.
Now the city has again amended the regulations, as one of the newly adopted ordinances furthers restrict where cannabis establishments could be located. Previously, establishments are only allowed in the H-C Highway Commercial and Selected Light Industrial District, as well as the I-H Heavy Industrial District.
If awarded a license, Moodi Day would create a kind of mini holistic complex. Its neighbor would be the Salt Float Center that provides salt baths in pods that promise a “euphoria which can last days where you are focused, unburdened and at peace.”
Another applicant for a retail license is Treevana. While the company is based in Atlanta, it has told officials it would consider moving its headquarters to Montclair if approved.
The additional five retail applicants are all based in New Jersey — Mad Gardner; Unity Rd. of Montclair; Night Owl; Citrus NJ and Kush Connection.