New Jersey is on the verge of allowing cannabis-infused baked goods and beverages to be sold at recreational dispensaries for the first time since recreational sales began in the state. Supporters of the move say the relaxing of rules will bring more options to consumers and potentially grow the market. State regulators and poison control experts are warning that such products must be handled with care, especially to keep them out of the hands of small children.
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Following the CRB’s recommendations, the council voted unanimously Thursday night to grant class 5 (retail) licenses to the three applicants, who had previously obtained planning board approvals. They are:
• Monteverde NJ at 45 North Bridge Avenue, a former dry cleaner’s shop
• The Frosted Nug, planning to open in the space formerly occupied by the China Moon Restaurant in the Crate’s Liquors strip mall, also on North Bridge
• Canopy Crossroad, which would abut Red Bank Liquors at 9 West Street.
The members of the Hoboken City Council agreed on one thing in early 2022 — they needed more restrictions for new cannabis dispensaries opening in Hoboken.
In a meeting in March of 2022, they approved a limit on new dispensaries, saying only six could open in the mile-square city. The council also voted 8-1 (with Councilman Michael Russo being the outlier) that dispensaries couldn't open within 600 feet of a school — a difficult rule to meet, considering there are more than a dozen schools in one square mile.
At Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, a resolution to approve a marijuana retail business and consumption lounge at 1301 West Front Street, at the corner of Front Street and Clinton Avenue, received scrutiny from the Plainfield City Council.
There is already one recreational dispensary in Plainfield with more on the way, but a consumption lounge differs in one major, obvious way.
The Township Council decided to table its vote authorizing the execution of a redevelopment agreement with Grasshopper Farms NJ LLC to establish an indoor cannabis cultivation and manufacturing business Tuesday evening.
A resolution regarding the matter was on the council's agenda Tuesday, but Mayor Anthony Coppola Jr. opened the discussion by saying the council had received some last-minute documents on the project the day of the meeting.
The new documents totaled a couple hundred pages, Councilman Tom Bassford said.
New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission, along with several community partners, gathered in Trenton Wednesday to kick off the state’s first campaign promoting safe, legal weed use.
The campaign’s primary goal is to equip the public with information and resources to make informed choices about cannabis consumption, according to the CRC.
These messages will be shared through over 100 digital billboards placed across the state’s highways, as well as in bilingual ads posted in local community hubs and on social media platforms.
More than one year after the legalization of recreational marijuana, New Jersey residents say the smell of weed has permeated public spaces and even their homes, according to a Stockton University Poll released today.
But few said they are bothered by the smell and most seem reluctant to criticize others for using legal weed, the findings show.
A majority of 57% of New Jersey adults reported smelling marijuana in public spaces often (28%) or sometimes (29%). One-third (32%) smell cannabis rarely, and only 9% said they have never smelled weed in public settings.
The first recreational cannabis applicant to be approved for the city of Hoboken is now seeing that approval reversed for being too close to a school.
The community group Hoboken for Responsible Cannabis filed the successful challenge against the proposed dispensary, Blue Violets, owned by Lauren Chang Thompson and her husband Max.
Workers at a New Jersey cannabis cultivation site have voted to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 152. The vote is the latest in a string of successes for the union’s Cannabis Division.
Twelve cultivators at the Cannabist Company CBSTF, previously Columbia Care, facility in Vineland, N.J., supported union representation through a majority card check in September, leading to the certification of the results by the NJ State Board of Mediation on Oct. 6. This certification designated Local 152 as the workers’ union.
The council will vote on resolutions to issue three separate cannabis retail licenses; Canopy Crossroads, The Frosted Nug and Monteverde NJ.
Each of these companies went before and were approved by the Red Bank Planning Board.
Canopy Crossroads will set up shop at 9 West Street, occupying an empty space adjoining Red Bank Liquors.
The Frosted Nug location will be at 20 North Bridge Ave., anchored by the WaWa convenience store and Crates Liquors, replacing the China Moon restaurant.