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The smell of weed was in the air on Thursday afternoon as Queen City Remedies joined the City of Plainfield to commemorate Plainfield's newest business, its first marijuana dispensary, located at 1353 South Avenue.
Queen City Remedies is only the 7th purely recreational dispensary to open in the state of New Jersey, where around 70% of municipalities have opted out of letting these businesses into town. This includes many of Plainfield's neighbors.
With a festive interior, smiling budtenders, a clever name and a bright-beaked seabird as a mascot, Puffin is designed to blow away long-held stereotypes about cannabis and the people who use it.
Nathan Yanovitch, the founder and CEO of the cannabis dispensary at 382 George St., says there’s a whimsical aesthetic complete with wall murals and an inviting vibe awaiting customers at the dispensary’s grand opening on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
A New Jersey lawmaker wants to punish parents if their children raid their legal weed stash and edibles.
Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, a Morris County Republican, said criminal penalties in the form of a disorderly person offense should be levied against irresponsible parents who don’t secure their weed and cannabis stashes.
When it comes to the roaring success — or critical failure — of the New Jersey cannabis industry, fingers are pointing in every direction.
The dispensary operators. The regulators. The legislators. The black market.
But in reality?
Applications to get into the promising new industry have been piling up since the state legalized marijuana for adults in 2021 and started taking applications later that year. Stores for recreational use have been slow to open, and the number of cannabis sellers in this region can be counted on two hands. Statewide, only 37 recreational cannabis dispensaries are operating, with another 13 selling medical marijuana only.
Entrepreneur, innovator, advocate, friend — these are the words used most often to describe Laurie McHugh.
From opening Union Chill cannabis dispensary in Lambertville, to co-founding a recreational row-boat racing nonprofit also dedicated to fighting food insecurity, or her work on the New Hope Borough Council, McHugh was all about serving her community.
McHugh, 58, died Aug. 21 in a collision with a large tractor-trailer in Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania.
“We are waiting on the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission to approve our conversion application, which was submitted at the end of June,” Dishmen told Patch on Thursday. “As a result, we are anxious to open in Q4 of this year.”
In the meanwhile, The Library continues to hold outreach events and social justice programs, the latest of which is scheduled for the Labor Day weekend.
While there was no vote on the matter at the August 23 Council meeting, the public and the Council voiced their views on the matter.
"It's not if, but when," Mayor Christopher DiPiazza said. "But when depends on the mood of the community. I'm not sure if when is now."
Several individuals spoke in favor and just as many spoke against the retail sale of cannabis. Currently, medical marijuana is being sold in the borough.
Hopewell Borough in central New Jersey is the latest target of a lawsuit alleging corruption by local officials in a competitive marijuana licensing process, with losing applicant Sourland Provisions claiming that the mayor of the town and several other officials wrongly aided a winning license holder, Evolve Sky.
Sourland Provisions tried to win a retail cannabis permit in the town, but was rejected reportedly due to a late fee payment, NJ Advance Media reported.
The city's first adult use cannabis dispensary will open to customers 21 years or older on Thursday, September 7. The Queen City Dispensary is located at 1353 South Avenue. You can visit the dispensary's website here.
Mayor Adrian Mapp will join the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with City Council President Charles McRae and Director of Economic Development Zenobia Fields. The ceremony will start at 4pm, and doors should open at 4:20pm, a nod to the product that will be sold.