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Members of a historic church in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood do not want a cannabis dispensary nearby, but one may be on the way just the same.
“They don’t want them anywhere near the casinos, but they don’t care where else they go,” said Tom Weer, pastor of Chelsea Baptist Church on Atlantic Avenue.
Democrat candidate for mayor Ben Giovine said if he is elected mayor of Toms River in November, he will push to overturn a 2021 ban on the sale of legal marijuana in Toms River. The Toms River Township Council voted against allowing weed businesses to operate within the town.
Giovine said the township would benefit from the sale of legal marijuana in the community, pumping the township coffers with more money.
At its Sept. 8 meeting, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission proposed new rules that would allow for an expanded group of ingestible cannabis products – including baked goods, chocolates, butters, jams and drinks – to be sold in the medicinal and recreational markets.
Thomas Edison State University is collaborating with Green Flower, a California-based cannabis education company, to launch new online certificate programs that focus on opportunities in the cannabis industry. Green Flower has similar partnerships with more than 20 higher education institutions around the country.
Cannabis users in Ocean County will soon have a third place to purchase their cannabis, as the High Profile Dispensary prepares to open its doors.
The dispensary, at 145 Route 70 in Lakehurst, has posted "Coming Soon" signs and has added the location to its website.
An opening date has not been announced, but a Google listing for the dispensary says it is opening Oct. 30. Messages seeking information from the company have not been answered.
Two cannabis manufacturing licenses may be issued to Sweetspot Manufacturing LLC and Wiseco NJ LLC.
Warren, Rhode Island-based Sweetspot has a dispensary in Voorhees, Camden County.
Clifton, Passaic County-based Wiseco NJ is a grassroots, Black-women owned cannabis operator, according to its website.
The third cannabis license, which is for retail, may be issued to Bud Bazaar LLC.
John De Los Santos has a plan to open a new recreational cannabis dispensary in Paterson, his hometown; he was given conditional approval last year by state regulators for it. The only thing stopping him is city politics.
Paterson has a limit of three recreational cannabis dispensaries in the city and that quota has been filled. That leaves De Los Santos on the outside looking in, as he struggles to keep investors and a lease in place.
Morristown residents eagerly anticipating the official opening of the town's first cannabis dispensary were recently given an update on the time-consuming process.
The dispensary, which will be located on Ridgedale Avenue, will replace a defunct budget truck rental agency. The chosen location is on a busy route at the border of Morris Township, across from a former state motor vehicle inspection station, a bank, and a lumberyard.
West Orange has moved closer to having its first recreational marijuana business after the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission approved the application of Pure Natural Vibes.
Darnnelle and Nordia Gibbs, both long-time residents of the City of Orange, own the business that is transforming a former doctor’s office at 470 Prospect Ave. into a retail operation.