The price of legal weed at New Jersey dispensaries is still high, but you now buy an eighth-ounce of cannabis for as little as $20 in some parts of the state.
The Asbury Park Press analyzed the medical marijuana and adult use cannabis menus at all 76 dispensaries in New Jersey on Nov. 14 to pinpoint the cheapest eighth-ounce of weed in the state, which averages at $46.17 for recreational customers and $42.34 for medical marijuana patients. Prices in the cannabis market can fluctuate from store-to-store and from day-to-day.
The marijuana code in the township could change amid shifting state guidelines and persistent interest in entering the nascent cannabis industry.
The Township Committee introduced an ordinance Nov. 22 that would specify how municipal licenses are awarded to aspirant marijuana businesses. All classes of marijuana-business licenses, under the ordinance, would be awarded on a “nondiscriminatory first-come first-serve basis,” with priority given in the order that businesses complete the state licensure process and local land-use regulations.
Recreational marijuana became legal in New Jersey on April 21; so on April 23, I decided to pay a visit to The Botanist, a dispensary operated through Compassionate Care, LLC.
The Egg Harbor Township site was difficult to find, as there were no signs on the roads close to the location. It’s hidden between warehouses and industrial buildings off Delilah Road near Atlantic City International Airport. Once we pulled into the parking lot, we knew we were at the right place.
According to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), those 13 locations are:
- Apothecarium, 1865 Springfield, Avenue, Maplewood
- Apothecarium, 55 South Main Street, Phillipsburg
- Ascend Wellness, 174 Route 17 North, Rochelle Park
- RISE, 26-48 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield
- RISE, 196 3rd Avenue, #3C, Paterson
- Zen Leaf, 117 Sprint Street, Elizabeth
- Zen Leaf, 3256 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Township
More than 60 cannabis workers at two of Acreage Holdings’ The Botanist locations in New Jersey are joining the United Food and Commercial Workers (UCFCW).
The employees, at Botanist outlets in Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township, “will join the union upon certification of the agreement,” UFCW Local 152 said in a late Monday news release.
“Representatives from the union then will begin negotiating the first contract on behalf of the new members to ensure their voice is heard at the workplace.”
There are a few communities currently considering plans. A handful of others already have been adjusting to legal medical grow sites as new neighbors, while a few spots in South Jersey have embraced the job creation that comes with the new business.
It can be a contentious relationship — such as in one Hunterdon County town, which this month reversed course on previous plans and prohibited any cannabis facilities from being set up in the community.
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Acreage Holdings, Inc. (“Acreage”) (CSE:ACRG.A.U, ACRG.B.U), (OTCQX: ACRHF, ACRDF), a vertically integrated, multi-state operator of cannabis cultivation and retailing facilities in the U.S., today announced the completion of an expansion at its Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey cultivation facility (the “Facility”). The expansion maximized the cultivation and manufacturing footprint of the ~85,000 square foot facility, which ultimately increased capacity output fourfold.
An ordinance allowing the cultivation, manufacturing, wholesaling and distribution of recreational marijuana was approved by Winslow Township in August. Retail cannabis stores are not permitted. Another new local law calls for a transfer tax, allowed under state law, of 2% for cultivation and manufacturing operations.
RGC 2 LLC of Egg Harbor Township, owned by James DiNatale, received unanimous approval for the plan from the Camden County Planning Board at its September meeting. The Winslow Zoning Board of Adjustment approved it unanimously in August.
Now that New Jersey has legalized marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years and older, South Jersey municipalities have begun adopting their own rules to address use and sale.
And while, many towns are opting to ban it, some are now opening the door to the industry based on the promise of job creation and tax benefits.
The Township Committee on Wednesday introduced two ordinances that would clear the way for recreational cannabis businesses within its borders.
A public hearing will be held on the ordinances before final passage during the next regular committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 21.
Any municipal regulation or prohibition on the operation of a legal adult cannabis recreational business must be adopted by Aug. 21, or the municipality will be subject to the laws of the state, which have not been made public yet.