A year after Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults in NJ, businesses looking to enter the market are still waiting to find out when they can begin selling the drug.
February 22 is the self-imposed state deadline to open adult-use recreational marijuana sales. But cannabis industry insiders say, like other deadlines, it won't be met.
“I think that the CRC (New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission) are working diligently to open the adult-use market. I don’t know how far off it will be, but it seems like that deadline won’t be made at this point,” said Shaya Brodchandel, President of New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association (NJCTA) and CEO of the Harmony Dispensary.
Though Impact Zones and Economically Disadvantaged Areas were codified through legislation, and are based on various factors including unemployment rates, the number of previous marijuana arrests, median income, and uninsured rates, their official recognition by the CRC is particularly meaningful, Shaya Brodchandel, CEO of Harmony Dispensary said.
Moroni joined Harmony in April as its chief administrative officer. He already had a seat on the company’s Board of Trustees.
In August, he learned that Brodchandel had refused to let outside auditors count about $1 million in cash stored in a safe at Harmony’s headquarters, according to the claim.
“I think that the information that we heard was very positive,” said Shaya Brodchandel, president of the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association. “Providing access and the equity part of it was all on point for us.”
Brodchandel is also CEO of Harmony Foundation of New Jersey, a medical marijuana dispensary in Seacaucus. With the new rules in place, he will be able to expand into the adult recreational marketplace. However, he will still need to maintain inventory for the patients his company serves with its medical license.
A medical marijuana company based in Secaucus has begun site work on its new growing and processing facility in Lafayette more than a year after township officials approved the plan.
Harmony Foundation of New Jersey CEO Shaya Brodchandel said the company started work in January on the Route 94 property. In recent weeks work began on the former site of the Schering-Plough complex and signs appeared near the front entrance as evidence of activity.
Harmony received unanimous support from board members to open a dispensary and revealed that the New Jersey Department of Health has issued preliminary approval to proceed with its Hoboken location. Hoboken’s planning board and Historic Preservation Committee have already granted Harmony final approval.
Terrapin filed a lawsuit shortly thereafter claiming that Harmony never submitted an application to Hoboken’s Medical Cannabis Review Board as part of their application. Under regulations established last June, prospective dispensaries have to submit a “favorable report” amid other requirements before opening.
Contactless, curb-side pickup
The dispensary has shifted from indoor transactions to serving patients without direct contact.
“Since the pandemic, we’ve instituted a contactless curbside pickup system to protect the patients and the staff,” Marko said. “Patients now submit their orders online, and we prepare them the day before their scheduled appointment.”
An employee is stationed outside with a mask, gloves, and a basket used to carry a patients’ payment method and medical marijuana card before receiving their orders.
Four of the nine operational medical cannabis companies in New Jersey could soon begin delivering marijuana to patients, finally heeding the calls of patients to ease access to their medicine.
The four companies confirmed to NJ Cannabis Insider that they are seriously developing plans or awaiting approval of their delivery plans from the state Department of Health, which late last month enacted a waiver that allows for the delivery of medical cannabis.