Chiappetta has a conditional license from the state to cultivate — not sell — cannabis and asked the city council for approval.
He clarified his business would be "wholesale, not a dispensary" and that his farm would have to sell to a licensed dispensary.
Neptune has given approval for one more cannabis business in the township, although it will not be a retail store.
Victory Natural Farms received approval for a manufacturing and cultivation permit on Heck Avenue.
The business joins GDBS Distribution LLC and Jersey Shore Ventures, adding to the ranks of cannabis non-retail outfits for cannabis in the township.
Township Economic Developer Bernie Haney said that all three are awaiting full licenses from the state to begin operating.
GDBS Distributors LLC, headed by Neptune resident Jay Smith, is now in line to become the first certified minority-owned company in the state to take the step from having a conditional license to a standard license.
Smith, an engineer and CEO of GDBS Distributors LLC, praised the township's vision after the Nov. 28 vote.
At 9 a.m. on Friday, the doors finally opened for legal weed sales at Zen Leaf Neptune, the 18th medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey to begin recreational marijuana sales and just the second retail pot shop in Monmouth County.
“It took a little longer than we anticipated but, if we were going to do it, we were going to do it right — the first time,” Neptune Mayor Nick Williams said. ”This highway (Route 66) leads to four major highways. This location will bring people in here to get the product, get out of here and back on the road.”
Zen Leaf, which operates cannabis dispensaries in Elizabeth and Lawrence, can now begin recreational sales at its third location in Neptune, after the Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved the location to expand into the adult-use market. James Leventis, executive vice president of Verano, which operates Zen Leaf, said the company is committed to ensuring medical patients remain a priority.
Verano Zen Leaf Neptune Township on Route 66 opens Friday and will become New Jersey’s 18th store offering adult legal marijuana.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved recreational marijuana sales at the Zen Leaf medical marijuana dispensary in Neptune, the 18th retail cannabis location statewide approved for legal weed sales and just the second in Monmouth County.
Approval by the commission came just two days after the Neptune Township Committee granted local approval to the expansion sought by Verano Holdings, Zen Leaf's parent company.
Legal weed could soon be sold at 19 stores in New Jersey.
Neptune Township in Monmouth County has given initial approval to Verano to expand the company’s medical dispensary there to adult weed sales.
Verano confirmed to NJ Advance Media it just passed the first hurdle of getting municipal approval, considered the hardest, on its road to adult weed sales. The company is still awaiting approval from both the Neptune Township cannabis subcommittee and the full Township council before it can formally move forward with the process.
Ascend Montclair Dispensary workers have unionized, possibly helping set a standard for the thousands of workers expected to enter New Jersey’s budding cannabis industry.
On Monday, Feb. 7, Cannabis Engineers Extractors and Distributors — or CEED — Local 420 announced the ratification of Ascend’s first labor contract for the workers, known as “budtenders.”
Ascend’s Montclair workers are the first to seek CEED as their bargaining unit in New Jersey.
“I hate to say this, but we may have to start destroying product, and we may have to start potentially letting people go because part of the anticipation is you ramp up your staffing, as well,” said James Leventis, an executive for Verano New Jersey, which has a cultivation and processing facility in Readington Township and three stores in Elizabeth, Lawrence Township and Neptune.