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Camden cannabis consumers can now legally grab a bag without even getting out of their cars.
Organic Farms, the city’s newest recreational cannabis dispensary, opened with a soft launch on Monday. It comes with what owner Dominic Rivera says is a milestone for South Jersey marijuana — the area’s first cannabis drive-thru window.
“There’s going to be a couple more coming up in the future,” said Rivera, a 51-year-old Camden native. “But we’re the first around here.”
City resident Domingo Rivera spent eight years working as a Wells Fargo personal banker and, when he looked to open his own business he, fittingly, found a former bank building to lease.
On Monday, Rivera’s Organic Farms will be the first retail recreational cannabis store to open in Camden and customers will be able to pull up to the former PNC Bank’s drive-up window to make their pre-paid marijuana withdrawals.
Andrew Marshall, the young entrepreneur behind the cannabis-growing enterprise, testified with his attorney Kelly Carey at the beginning of the hearing. He explained that he is planning a “micro-cannabis” cultivating facility that conforms with state Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) rules.
The West Orange Town Council is considering rolling out changes to its local law regulating cannabis businesses and dispensaries.
On Tuesday, the council met to discuss a proposed ordinance that would tweak several aspects of its local law, including the maximum number of allowable licenses
Currently, the town’s law permits four active cannabis business licenses, regardless of their type, with unlimited “microbusinesses” as defined by the state. Under the proposed ordinance, that total would increase to seven – including microbusinesses.
At last week’s town council meeting, members voted on Kemistry LLC Cannabis’ proposal to open its business at 455 Pleasant Valley.
Council Member Michelle Casalino expressed her concern that customers have to park in the public parking lot. She also inquired as to what the cap will be on the number of West Orange cannabis businesses. Casalino stated, “We have four letters of approval--two for retail and two for cultivation. That’s six letters of support, and this would make seven.”
As of last week, more than a dozen companies have expressed interest in opening a cannabis business in West Orange since 2020 – including several retail dispensaries. But which ones ultimately nail down the last of the town's coveted four licenses remains to be seen.
Colia Best has the ambition and drive to get his cannabis business off the ground.
What’s missing is where to put it.
Best wants to have a property in hand to increase his chances of securing a retail microbusiness license with the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission. He’s been searching within a 30-mile radius of where he currently lives in Sicklerville, as far south as Atlantic City, and as far north as Burlington City since February.
Still no takers. He’s left messages with local officials. Many don’t call him back.
Cannabis businesses will be allowed to operate in town under new regulations approved at Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting.
The 15-page ordinance, approved unanimously, establishes zoning codes and licensing requirements for recreational marijuana dispensaries. It also sets up an application process to open a dispensary in town.
On Monday evening, Mayor Michael Venezia and the Township Council met to discuss a wide range of issues and proposals for Bloomfield, with retail cannabis sales and businesses taking center stage.
Q. What are some of its biggest challenges the state faces in regulating the sale of cannabis?