An East Orange resident is expressing disappointment after finding out plans for a legal marijuana dispensary in her hometown would have to be put on hold. Precious Osagie-Erese’s application was denied municipal approval, a major barrier many other Black and brown cannabis businesses are facing across the state.
The latest film introduces Shayla Cabrera from Hudson County; she started a small community business called Tia Planta that focuses on horticulture and plant-based medicine. Cabrera now has bigger aspirations, as one of the only women in New Jersey with a license to grow cannabis. Representation in new industry is personal for Cabrera, whose father is still incarcerated for selling marijuana.
While most of the conversation around the new market for recreational cannabis in New Jersey has focused around the laws and regulations, there is an exciting group of entrepreneurs looking to make their marks on this nascent industry — and a host of new businesses that are expected to join the Hoboken + Jersey City scenes soon. Here in Hudson County, there are several local businessmen and women who see the new market as full of opportunities to own their own businesses, serve their community, and change the conversation around marijuana.