Freehold's medical cannabis dispensary now has the OK to sell recreational cannabis products, the owners announced.
Monmouth Wellness and Healing, operator of the NJ Leaf retail cannabis dispensary in Freehold, was awarded an adult-use cannabis license by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission at the Commission’s meeting on June 1.
This license will allow the dispensary to expand beyond medical cannabis sales and welcome adult-use customers aged 21 and above, the dispensary says.
The medical cannabis dispensary has already been open for business at 546 Park Ave.
And on Wednesday, Mayor Kevin A. Kane and Councilmember Annette Hawley Jordan joined Sen. Vin Gopal in cutting the ribbon at the dispensary's grand opening.
The business will not only bring jobs and new tax revenue to the borough, but also serves a medical need.
The grand opening of NJ Leaf medical cannabis dispensary is this Wednesday, March 15, at 11 a.m., offering another Monmouth County location for the purchase of medical marijuana.
NJ Leaf is a medical dispensary located at 546 Park Ave. in the borough and is locally owned.
The event will be attended by Mayor Kevin Kane and State Sen. Vin Gopal. There is additional event parking at CKO Kickboxing, 536 Park Ave., the facility says.
NJ Leaf, along with borough and other officials, broke ground in August 2022 on the company's site.
Pending approval from the state department of health, Freehold has taken the first step toward having the first medical marijuana dispensary in Monmouth County.
Garden State Botanicals, a company looking to open a medical marijuana facility on Throckmorton street in Freehold, the Monmouth County seat, received approval of its application at a city council meeting on Monday. Likewise, Garden State Dispensary, headquartered in Woodbridge, received approval from the Department of Health to open a satellite medical marijuana dispensary in Eatontown.
Garden State Botanicals, a new corporation formed by pharmaceutical veteran Pat Nasshorn of Margate, will make a presentation to the governing body at a special 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday — being held in advance of a Thursday deadline to apply to the New Jersey Department of Public Health.
Nasshorn told the Press she spent 40 years in the drug industry as a marketer and strategic planner for Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb, and wanted to open the dispensary to help those in need of medical marijuana.
New Jersey expanded its medical marijuana program, including increasing the number of illnesses eligible for cannabis use, under a broad new law signed by the governor Tuesday.
Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act at a tavern in Freehold known for holding charitable fundraisers. He was with the parents and sister of the bill's namesake.
The Township Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to ban marijuana sales, both medicinal and recreational, while legislators figure out what weed legalization will look like in the Garden State.
It probably didn't come as a shock to anyone in the meeting room Tuesday night. What was perhaps more surprising was that the hour-long discussion ended in a spat about decorum and resources for veterans.
More towns vote no: Another week and more New Jersey towns are making decisions on whether they approve or disapprove of the possibility of marijuana businesses in their community.
Municipalities that voted to either say no or are preparing to say no to cannabis include:
Florham Park unanimously approved a resolution opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana by the state as well as an ordinance “prohibiting marijuana within all zones” in the township.