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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.
Cuzzie's LLC seeks Council support for its license application to open a store at the One Market Street apartment complex.
The company received its conditional retail license from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission last July and would be operated by Joshua Evans of Sicklerville, according to the commission. The other owner would be Lemar Boone, according to the Camden Cannabis Committee's report to Council.
"This company has the financial wherewithal to support this cannabis business," the committee told Council.
A new cannabis dispensary is under construction in North Plainfield.
Cloud Nine Cannabis Dispensary, owned by Cloud Nine Dispensary LLC, was approved for the location at 513-527 Route 22 West in North Plainfield by the North Plainfield Borough Council in August 2022.
The township has approved six potential marijuana retailers and three are close to opening up in the village.
“All are still in process,” said Julie Doran, acting township administrator. “Three have come back, so far, with conditional licenses from the state. One has dropped out. So now there are five that are still viable with three having conditional state approval to proceed.”
A year ago, ZenLeaf in Elizabeth was one of 13 dispensaries that officially opened for recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey. Since then, sales have been nonstop, according to general manager Sonny Achrekar. “We’re always get new people in and now that the weather is getting better, we’re going to get all the people flying in because we get all the airport traffic. So it’s just consistent,” he said.
Rich Marolda Jr., a borough resident and the owner of Best Budz Buena, criticized favoring conditionally licensed applicants. He said the decision would unfairly benefit larger businesses that could more quickly complete the state licensure process, disadvantaging local farmers interested in entering the marijuana industry. He also said the duration of the solicitation period for proposals, 30 days, was too short.
“The only people who have a chance to move that quickly in the process are the larger outfits,” Marolda said.
A year after the borough said yes to non-retail cannabis businesses in designated zones, it's having second thoughts.
Council members are talking of possibly repealing three ordinances passed last year as soon as Wednesday.
Last week's hourlong council work session debate on repeal stemmed in part from a $6.8 million tort claim filed against the borough on Dec. 21 by Kusala Care LLC, seeking damages after the borough failed to act on its Aug. 20 application to open a cannabis cultivation facility in a warehouse zoned for that purpose on Muller Road.
A proposed marijuana business in Montclair took a leap forward on Monday when the planning board granted it a conditional use permit as a cannabis cultivator.
The Montclair Planning Board approved the permit for Genuine Grow LLC after a lengthy public hearing (watch the video below). See plans and supporting materials for the application here.
At issue is the zoning ordinance that disallows a cannabis business from operating within 1,000 feet of a public park.
Marchetti, reading from a prepared statement said, “We are here asking for a consideration on the zoning for a proposed (cannabis) dispensary. We did apply to use this location as a dispensary but was denied by zoning. The reason for this is there is a playground in Marine Park within 1,000 feet.
If your conditional, conversion, microbusiness, or annual application has been approved by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, congratulations! You have cleared the first major hurdle in obtaining a cannabis license in New Jersey.