All employees at Curaleaf Holdings’ New Jersey cannabis retail operations have now unionized with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360.
According to the UFCW, workers at the multistate operator’s store in Bordertown on Thursday became the last to vote for unionization.
That’s a trend in the marijuana space nationwide but particularly in pro-union markets such as California, Illinois and Massachusetts.
“Every Curaleaf employee in the state is joining the UFCW,” UFCW Local 360 President Sam Ferraino said in a statement.
Several dozen people employed in New Jersey’s legal cannabis business are wondering if the magic has worn off of marijuana even before the state’s first high fully kicks in.
Curaleaf, currently the biggest player in the Garden State’s weed field, has announced that it will close its cultivation facility in Bellmwar and combine it with another grow location in Winslow Township. Curaleaf’s retail shop in Bellmawr will remain open and will not undergo any layoffs, but up to 40 workers at the cultivation center could lose their jobs.
“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.”
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.
It’s an unseasonably warm, wet and foggy night in December and nearly 40 miles north of Lincoln Financial Field, adjacent to the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, lies a dispensary packed with Philadelphia Eagles fans waiting to see Chris Long, one of the team’s former stars who helped bring a Super Bowl trophy to the city.
The 11-year defensive lineman who retired in 2018 and helped the Eagles win their first Vince Lombardi Trophy during the 2017 season appeared at a meet-and-greet with fans at Curaleaf in Bordentown, New Jersey, Wednesday night.
Exclusive documents obtained by Bloomberg under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act show that the state cannabis regulatory commission issued citations to seven companies from January 2020 through mid-April 2022, when marijuana sales broadened from medical to recreational. There were a total of 54 alleged violations.
Excerpt from public documents on New Jersey cannabis citations.
Curaleaf is expected to go before a state panel in two weeks to obtain final approvals to expand its 1 ½-year old medical dispensary in Bordentown Township and begin selling adult recreational weed.
If the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission gives approval at its Sept. 9 meeting, a Bordentown Township official anticipates adult weed sales to commence soon after at the Curaleaf medical cannabis dispensary located at 191 U.S. 130 North.
The mother of all mother rooms
“From seed to sale, we’re probably somewhere in the four to five month range, depending on how long we leave stuff in a curing state,” Maura Reilly told me as we toured the facility. Maura (aka Mo) is the NJ Director of Cultivation for Curaleaf.
As Mo took me through the main hallway, the combined funk of 11 flower rooms punched me in the nose. At any given time, these rooms can be home to 56,000 budding plants.
The Curaleaf dispensary in Edgewater Park will begin selling recreational marijuana tomorrow.
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