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The Apothecarium Lodi is the third location opened in the Garden State by TerrAscend, joining locations in Phillipsburg and Maplewood — all three offer medical marijuana to patients enrolled in the state’s program, as well as recreational adult sales.
“Built with the state’s first drive-thru, off of Route 17 and I-80, two of the busiest highways in New Jersey, we expect the Apothecarium Lodi to be a strong contributor to our growth,” TerrAscend Executive Chairman Jason Wild said in a written statement.
The 5,000 square-foot dispensary, located at 200 NJ-17, features a spacious showroom and interactive “bud bar”, where shoppers can see and smell the product prior to purchase. Patients and consumers can order online or through the Apothecarium app to experience New Jersey’s first-ever dispensary drive-thru. The Apothecarium Lodi is located in one of the most populous regions of Northern New Jersey, 14 miles outside of Manhattan and adjacent to the iconic Satin Dolls “Bada Bing” Club, as featured on The Sopranos.
The Township Committee hosted a special meeting last week to discuss an amendment to the current marijuana ordinance. It presented the council an opportunity to allow one business within the city limits, but everyone left the meeting without a decision.
Now, a vote is expected on the potential update to the ordinance at the committee's Thursday meeting.
Committee members passed an ordinance barring cannabis businesses from opening earlier this year, but will discuss an amendment that would allow one cannabis retailer to open at 231 Route 17 North.
An ordinance that would allow a retail cannabis store to operate on Route 17 north failed to secure Township Council approval at a hearing Monday.
A vote was postponed until Thursday on Ordinance 1956. It would rezone the former gas station property at 231 Route 17 north — just south of the West Ramapo Avenue exit — to allow retail sales of marijuana products to adults age 21 and older.