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Etain Dispensary, a new cannabis store coming to Maplewood, was a topic of discussion at Wednesday’s Township Committee meeting.
Represented by attorney William Caruso, he advised that the company having a vertical license means they are approved to have Cultivation plus Manufacturing and Ta retail component. However, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will not allow them to operate a retail outlet until they have meaningful production and manufacturing operating.
Nearly 40 years ago, actress Clara Peller appeared in ads for Wendy's asking, "Where's the beef?" But the question in Hoboken on 4/20 may be, "Where's the weed?" — particularly since none of the already-approved cannabis dispensaries have opened.
And recently, an "exotic" grocery store on Washington Street was shut down because, according to police, it was selling illegal cannabis without a license, and allegedly employed a juvenile.
It has been one year since recreational marijuana became legally available in Maplewood and the tax revenues are much higher than expected, police report no significant problems and three more dispensaries are poised to open.
“It’s been going well, even better than we thought,” Mayor Dean Dafis said. “The revenue has been beyond projections.”
The Township and State of New Jersey have approved two businesses to operate in Maplewood Village as Micro Cannabis outlets. Under the rules in the current Maplewood ordinance the two, my CBD Organics, and the Canna Boss Lady, the two businesses locations do not meet the 500-foot distance requirement.
Just across the street, a family-owned gym was struggling. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, even going to the gym was illegal. Victor DeLuca, then serving as mayor of the Essex County town of 26,000, got word that the gym’s future was up in the air.
An empty 6,000-square-foot storefront across from a main community gathering place? That’s exactly the kind of eyesore that DeLuca had tried to avoid in his nearly quarter-century on the Maplewood Township Committee.
TerrAscend Corp. (“TerrAscend” or the “Company”) (CSE: TER) (OTCQX: TRSSF), a leading North American cannabis operator, today announced the first-ever launch of cannabis concentrates in the state of New Jersey. Kind Tree Liquid Live Resin Vape Cartridges and Kind Tree Live Resin Crumble are available exclusively at The Apothecarium Maplewood and Phillipsburg locations. The company also commenced sales of adult-use cannabis-infused edibles under its Valhalla brand.
Towns and cities that chose to opt out are free to opt in at any time, by amending an existing ordinance or passing a new one. Municipalities that chose to permit cannabis operations in town, though, would need to wait 5 years before dropping out of the industry. Towns are not permitted to opt out of delivery.
"Several municipalities which opted out to preserve their options are now evaluating those regulations and the development of the market to determine their next best steps," said Michael Cerra, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
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, , Paterson
Bright and early for first legal weed sales in NJ
The first sales occurred before sunrise in Paterson and Bloomfield, where two RISE Dispensaries opened at 6 a.m.
Tony Marrero from Garfield was the third person in line. He said he had come to Paterson many times to buy weed, but this was the first time he was doing it legally, without fear of being arrested by the police officers stationed at the parking lot entrance.
“I’m excited, I feel like a kid in a candy store,” Marrero said. “Give me some of that, and some of that and a little of this.”
At the RISE Medical & Recreational Marijuana Dispensary in Bloomfield, customers were happy about the opportunity to finally legally purchase weed.
“I’m just happy to be here,” Newark resident Manny said. “Marijuana has done wonders for me in my life. Helped me with a lot of things and struggles and depression and kept me off, you know, prescription medication.”
He also touted the tax revenue that could be brought in through marijuana sales to help fix roads and pay for schools.