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.
Alexandria votes down marijuana
Five new medical marijuana-grow businesses are coming to Central New Jersey — but it's currently unknown which towns they will open in.
Last Friday, Oct. 15, the state's Cannabis Regulatory Commission granted licenses to a total of 10 new marijuana cultivation businesses to grow marijuana for medical use only: Three will open in North Jersey, five will open in Central Jersey and two were approved for South Jersey.
The number of legal cannabis growers in the state will more than double after regulators on Friday issued new licenses designed to ease crippling supply issues for medical marijuana patients and push the state closer to legal weed sales for all adults.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Friday voted 4 to 1 to issue 10 new licenses for medical marijuana cultivators and four new licenses for vertically integrated businesses, which grow, manufacture and sell medical marijuana at dispensaries.
The cultivation licenses were awarded to:
According to NJ.com, the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Friday announced the permit winners, a mixture of 10 cultivation and four manufacturing licenses.
All 14 licenses went to companies owned by minorities or women:
The Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Friday announced the winners of a competitive and burdensome licensing process that began two years ago. Nearly 200 entrepreneurs applied for licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana, but a lawsuit brought the process to a standstill for more than a year.
A New Jersey company that makes CBD-infused seltzers has an agreement with the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York Inc. to get the product in New York City grocery stores and bodegas.
Hillview, a hemp and MJ producer based in Pequannock, New Jersey, says the deal lands it in all five borough of New York, plus Long Island and Westchester.
Ken VandeVrede’s goal, he said, is to create a more sustainable, safer and more cost-effective product right here at home.
“And, if we are awarded the licenses we seek, we’ll be hiring a staff of between 150 and 200 people over the next year or two,” he said.
That is why VandeVrede, founder and CEO of Hillview Farms in Pequannock, has been accelerating his family’s New Jersey farm business’s expansion from flowers and greens into hemp and cannabis over the last year.
A decades-old, New Jersey-rooted family farm business is expanding from flowers, herbs, and leafy greens to hemp and cannabis, with the expansion of Hillview. The company's entrance into this growing industry dramatically personifies the inevitable legalization of both, and a hope of higher profits along with a renewed commitment to the Garden State.
Small businesses may not have the political clout of regional conglomerates, but they’re hardworking, dependable and uniquely Jersey
The New Jersey Department of Health recently announced that the agency is seeking applicants for more than 100 new medical cannabis businesses throughout the Garden State.
In a day and age when many farmers have folded their operations after selling their land to developers, others have pivoted to a form of cannabis as the new cash crop to grow their business.
Kenneth VandeVrede is a third generation farmer. His grandfather started raising mums and tomatoes in New Jersey 50 years ago and now, he’s trying to stay ahead of the curve by diversifying his crop.