“A lot of people have actually said that,” said Thomas Marino, one of the co-owners of The Social Leaf, located at 334 Atlantic City Boulevard (Route 9). “We wanted it to look clean, sleek and modern. We didn’t want to look like a head shop. We wanted to stand out – clean lines, ambience, a fresh atmosphere. People have said it feels like a combination between an Apple Store and a lounge, and that’s exactly what I was going for.”
The first dispensary for sales of recreational marijuana opened in Ocean County Friday. Before the Social Leaf Dispensary opened in South Toms River, customers would have to travel long distances to access recreational products.
Last week also saw the opening for medical marijuana sales of the Bloc Dispensary in Waretown, Ocean County.
On the 41st day, they celebrated.
The owners of The Social Leaf have received their state license to operate an adult recreational retail cannabis business from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, the culmination of 18 months of work and discussions about launching the business.
On Friday, July 7, the store will open its doors to the public, becoming the first dispensary of any kind in Ocean County, more than two years after New Jersey voters said they supported the legalization of cannabis for adult use.
The Social Leaf Dispensary in South Toms River received approval at the March 3 meeting of the commission, officials with the business said.
In preparation, they have been renovating the former Cap'n Hippo's Bait and Tackle store on Route 166, and now they have scheduled a job fair for potential employees.
The job fair is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at South Toms River Borough Hall, and they will be accepting applications and scheduling interviews.
Medical marijuana dispensaries received the first retail sales license approvals on April 11, but it's unclear when New Jersey will expand the list.
South Toms River approved three businesses — The Social Leaf, Altitude Cannabis, and Shore Cannabis — and now the borough and those businesses are in a holding pattern until the state moves on their applications.