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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.
An entrepreneur from Bergen County is under contract to buy the decades-old funeral home on Belmont Avenue with a plan to open a cannabis dispensary there in a matter of months.
Molly Ann Farms, a name borrowed from the brook flowing south of the 1.1-acre site, near the corner of Henry Street, could begin selling marijuana products as early as June.
It will be the third reincarnation of the property, first occupied by a grocery store.
John Bartlett, Passaic County Commissioner, said he’s excited about the industry’s growth and wants to make sure the county upholds the state’s commitment to ensuring social equity in it. “Our economic development unit is open to support businesses that want to establish in Passaic County,” Bartlett said.
A former employee of Ascend Wellness Holdings is suing the multi-state cannabis operator, claiming she was harassed and discriminated against by management because of her race and unfairly fired.
The ex-employee, who is Black, filed the lawsuit in Passaic County against Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc., its subsidiary New Jersey Management Group LLC, and two employees. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of harassment and discrimination during the woman’s time employed as a packaging associate at Ascend facilities over the course of approximately one year.
A lawsuit filed last week in Passaic County Superior Court accuses West Milford officials of tipping the scales in the state's highly competitive cannabis retail licensing process.
West Milford officials are blocking the owner of Big Smoke, a Route 23 smoke shop, from pursuing a New Jersey cannabis retailer license in favor of another applicant, also named in the suit, seeking to sell marijuana in the same commercial complex, the lawsuit stated.
The legalization of marijuana in the Garden State — and the social and economic justice goals that underpin the new laws — has made the city of Passaic a prime candidate for cannabis investment.
Given the right applicants, Passaic said, it would back cultivation plans. Last year it adopted zoning permitting its growing and manufacturing east of Route 21.
Now, Mayor Hector Lora said, there are three businesses seeking cultivation licenses in the city. One is a standard license and two are microbusiness cultivators. The city supports all three in their bids.
Little Falls, one of the last Passaic County towns to codify its regulations, restricted its marijuana businesses to the Route 46 corridor after opposition from residents of Jackson Park. Township officials considered, but ultimately rejected, an ordinance that would have opened a stretch of Paterson Avenue adjacent to Route 46 to non-retail marijuana-related businesses.
On June 9, council members in Pompton Lakes confirmed their town's place on the list.
Michael Serra, the town’s mayor, said it was clear residents supported the idea of being able to legally smoke marijuana.
More than 65% of voters in Bergen and Passaic counties in the 2020 General Election approved an amendment to the state constitution legalizing recreational cannabis and establishing a state-regulated market in New Jersey. Pompton Lakes voters were on trend.
The unofficial commercial hub of Passaic County will take an official stance on marijuana sales when the Township Council meets on Wednesday.
The Republican-controlled council is expected to adopt a zoning ordinance to ban all six classes of cannabis establishments, including medical dispensaries, from opening in the township.
Officials enacted a similar law in September 2018, but that was before Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to decriminalize the drug and set up a marketplace in which it can be sold.
The latest phase consolidates the hold some of America’s mightiest cannabis companies have on the state.
PharmaCann, which was recently acquired by MedMen (the so-called Tiffany’s of Cannabis) in a blockbuster $682 million deal, added two permits, bringing its total number of retail outlets in the state to nine.