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New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved five new recreational dispensaries last week. The Apothecarium in Lodi, Ascend in Montclair, and Garden State Dispensary locations in Eatontown, Woodbridge and Union were approved to expand from medicinal to recreational sales.
There’s no set date for when these new locations will be open to sell recreational cannabis, as they still have to complete a few more steps in their process.
It has been five weeks since New Jersey had its first sales of recreational marijuana. This week, the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved five more locations. And medical marijuana dispensaries no longer must wait a year after opening before entering the recreational adult-use market.
Garden State Dispensary (owned by AYR Wellness) is located at 59 Rt. 35, near the entrance to Fort Monmouth, and they opened in 2020. Recreational sales will start there in the next few weeks.
Garden State Dispensary first had to get permission from the town of Eatontown to expand into recreational sales, and their request was approved by the Eatontown town Council last August.
In fact, not only did they approve that, but the Eatontown council plans to allow two more pot businesses to open within town limits:
You’re cruising down the AC Expressway, heading down the Shore and ready for an awesome summer vacation. It’s like any other year, except this summer is New Jersey’s first summer of legal weed sales for adults.
If you’re looking forward to a day in the sun, with waves at your feet, and a helping of Mary Jane — here’s where to grab a stash before you hit the Shore towns. As of now, there aren’t any recreational marijuana dispensaries at the Jersey Shore, so you have to buy it elsewhere in New Jersey before you get to the coast.
The Curaleaf dispensary in Edgewater Park will begin selling recreational marijuana tomorrow.
iAnthus — which acquired MPX NJ earlier this year and opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Atlantic City on May 5 — wants to expand to sell to the adult market there real soon, NJ Advance Media has learned. So does The Botanist, which sells medical weed on the Boardwalk, and is owned by Acreage.
iAnthus is set to appear before the Atlantic City City Council on Wednesday to make its pitch to add adult weed sales at its facility, according to the Council’s meeting agenda posted Friday.
An adult-use dispensary in Burlington County originally set to open for recreational use Friday had to pull out last minute due to a discrepancy with the town.
Curaleaf, which also operates an adult-use dispensary in Bellmawr in Camden County, says it’s still working with the municipality in Edgewater Park
And in front of Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D) and the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, industry leaders and marijuana advocates discussed the pace of setting up the Garden State’s recreational market, scrutinized pricing issues and griped over still-unwritten regulations for employers seeking clarity on when they can and can’t discipline employees who use cannabis.
Acreage Holdings Inc. plans to leverage its cannabis medical market presence as adult use sales open up in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the company’s chief financial officer said.
Adult use sales in selected stores opened up in New Jersey on April 21, as a “huge driver” for growth in 2022, plus New York and Connecticut are also readying their markets as well, CFO Steve Goertz said.
“The dominos are stacking up very well for us in the Northeast,” Goertz said.
AYR Wellness, a marijuana company which currently operates three medical-only NJ dispensaries in Union, Eatontown and North Woodbridge, was previously rejected by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) for approval to open for recreational use in New Jersey.
Why? Apparently they had problems proving to the CRC that they could meet the demand for both medical and recreational marijuana.