When Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill legalizing the recreational use of cannabis in early 2021, it opened the door to a whole new industry that has taken New Jersey by storm. As of mid-September, there were 54 dispensaries for recreational cannabis – compared to less than 20 a year ago. These businesses are spread across 17 of the state’s 21 counties, with about two-thirds selling both medical and recreational products and 13 for medical use only.
Freehold's medical cannabis dispensary now has the OK to sell recreational cannabis products, the owners announced.
Monmouth Wellness and Healing, operator of the NJ Leaf retail cannabis dispensary in Freehold, was awarded an adult-use cannabis license by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission at the Commission’s meeting on June 1.
This license will allow the dispensary to expand beyond medical cannabis sales and welcome adult-use customers aged 21 and above, the dispensary says.
Now they’re getting their wish as the first medicinal marijuana shop has opened in town just days after state officials approved what will be the borough’s first recreational, or adult use, dispensary.
“The people of the community voted overwhelmingly for the sale of recreational marijuana, we are only following the will of the people,” said Borough Administrator Steve Gallo. “These are tightly controlled businesses, serious regulations and we don’t anticipate any problems.”
The grand opening of NJ Leaf medical cannabis dispensary is this Wednesday, March 15, at 11 a.m., offering another Monmouth County location for the purchase of medical marijuana.
NJ Leaf is a medical dispensary located at 546 Park Ave. in the borough and is locally owned.
The event will be attended by Mayor Kevin Kane and State Sen. Vin Gopal. There is additional event parking at CKO Kickboxing, 536 Park Ave., the facility says.
NJ Leaf, along with borough and other officials, broke ground in August 2022 on the company's site.