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The Weedman does not have state approval to legally sell pot.
Ed Forchion, a pot advocate, told the Burlington County Times on Thursday afternoon he’d been told the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission had approved him for a conditional license for retail sales.
Hours later, the state's CRC told the Burlington County Times that Forchion's statements were wrong. His application had neither been awarded nor denied that day, a commission representative said.
Trichome Analytical, an accredited cannabis and hemp testing lab based in Mount Laurel Township, announced June 23 that it earned New Jersey’s first annual license for testing within the adult-use cannabis program.
“I am proud that the first adult-use license has been issued to a New Jersey-based small business, and honored to represent other small businesses seeking to get established in this industry in their home state,” Trichome Analytical Founder and COO Kristen Goedde said in a statement.
Three New Jersey dispensaries plan to begin recreational-weed sales Wednesday. The additions will give New Jerseyans 16 legal locations to buy non-medicinal cannabis.
Ayr Wellness will begin selling recreational weed at its Woodbridge, Union and Eatontown stores — each called Garden State Dispensary. In a Monday news release, Ayr leadership expressed optimism in Central Jersey's market for legal cannabis.
The board also approved Middle Valley Partners' plan to open a 2,476-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary in the building at 405 Route 202 shared with Uneeda Appliance.
The dispensary is planned for the western portion of the 8,751-square-foot building.
Uneeda, the longtime independent appliance store, will occupy 6,275 square feet of the building. Uneeda used to be located on West Main Street in Somerville.
Middle Valley Partners received approval from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission in December to open the dispensary.
The Company received approval from the New Jersey CRC to commence operations at its second cultivation and production facility on May 25, 2022, along with the approval to begin using post-harvest automation equipment. The introduction of this equipment will reduce the "harvest to shelf" time for products, making it easier to meet the rapidly-growing patient and customer demand.
Legal weed could soon be sold at 19 stores in New Jersey.
Neptune Township in Monmouth County has given initial approval to Verano to expand the company’s medical dispensary there to adult weed sales.
Verano confirmed to NJ Advance Media it just passed the first hurdle of getting municipal approval, considered the hardest, on its road to adult weed sales. The company is still awaiting approval from both the Neptune Township cannabis subcommittee and the full Township council before it can formally move forward with the process.
The commission started up in April 2021 "and truly walked into this office with nothing," said Nash, who added there were no phones, no copiers.
"We truly built this agency," she said. "We have done an enormous amount of work in just over one year."
An ardent animal-rights activist, Nash used to live in Cherry Hill, but moved to a Winslow farm because her 15-year accumulation of rescue animals had grown too large.
The new law doesn’t just legalize adult recreational cannabis, it also limits an employer’s right to take employment actions against workers who fail a cannabis drug test. Testing must be performed by certified Workplace Impairment Recognition Experts (WIREs) who are also required to do a physical exam to determine impairment. A failed cannabis drug test alone is not enough to fire an employee.
New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved five new recreational dispensaries last week. The Apothecarium in Lodi, Ascend in Montclair, and Garden State Dispensary locations in Eatontown, Woodbridge and Union were approved to expand from medicinal to recreational sales.
There’s no set date for when these new locations will be open to sell recreational cannabis, as they still have to complete a few more steps in their process.
It has been five weeks since New Jersey had its first sales of recreational marijuana. This week, the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved five more locations. And medical marijuana dispensaries no longer must wait a year after opening before entering the recreational adult-use market.