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Underground Legacy Operator NJWeedman Goes Legit, Gets Green Light To Open Legal Cannabis Dispensary
The Trenton City Council has approved Ed Forchion - a notorious figure in the underground legacy who goes by the nickname NJWeedman - to open a legal New Jersey cannabis dispensary, reported Heady NJ.
The marijuana activist pushed to convert his NJWeedman’s Joint across the street from Trenton City Hall into a legal dispensary under the name NJWeedman’s.
The saga surrounding a local cannabis dispensary has escalated this week after the Hoboken non-profit, led by a council candidate, advocating against the store opening, threatened sanctions over litigation fees.
Blue Violets Cannabis Dispensary lost a court case in September against the non-profit Hoboken for Responsible Cannabis (HRC) who claimed the store's location on Washington Street was too close to schools, violating a local ordinance, and therefore is not permitted to open.
The Garden at Red Bank, a cannabis business, needs a conditional-use OK from the board for its plan to build a one-story, 2,542-square-foot structure on site at the town’s northern gateway, where Route 35 (Riverside Avenue) meets Rector Place and Bridge Avenue.
The plan calls for 31 parking spaces, landscaping improvements and more.
A January filing with the New Jersey Secretary of State identifies the management of Garden at Red Bank LLC as Jamie Dinar, of “Long Beach, NJ,” though the zip code included is for Long Branch.
Cannabis on the ballot
Recent council concerns about cannabis businesses in the borough are reflected in two non-binding questions on the ballot:
Question 1: “Do you support allowing cannabis businesses to operate in the Borough of Oakland for cultivation, manufacturing, wholesaling and distribution of recreational cannabis defined as Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 cannabis licenses by New Jersey state statutes and regulations?”
Brute’s Roots, a woman-owned, family-run recreational cultivator in South Jersey, is bringing its products to market through a newly formed wholesale retail channel made up of other female-led cannabis companies.
As of Oct. 25, the brand’s signature strain, The GoodFather, is on the shelves at Valley Wellness in Raritan, URB’N Dispensary in Newark and Holistic Solutions in Atco, as well as the Brute’s Roots dispensary in Egg Harbor.
An East Brunswick limited liability company wants to turn a former Metuchen bank into Central New Jersey’s first drive-thru dispensary for recreational marijuana.
Dasco Solutions LLC, has applied to the Metuchen Planning Board to re-purpose the former Skylands Community Bank, at 700 Middlesex Ave., turning it into the area’s first drive-thru pot dispensary.
Buying marijuana products without getting out of your car is still rarity in New Jersey.
To start, you may want to eliminate outdoor cultivation as municipalities routinely shun this option because of odor and security concerns. While the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, the government agency the oversees all things cannabis in the state, has said it supports outdoor cultivation, not a single outdoor facility has opened since the market opened in 2022.
Veda Farms in Blairstown will buck this trend and open soon. It was awarded a license to grow up to 3.4 acres of cannabis on its 254-acre farm in northern New Jersey.
Hackettstown’s first recreational marijuana dispensary will open this Saturday.
Hackettstown Dispensary, located at 321 Mountain Avenue, will open on Saturday, Oct. 28, according to Owner Darpan Shah.
The dispensary will only be selling recreational marijuana and not medicinal marijuana, Shah said.
Things are puffing along at full speed for a highly anticipated cannabis dispensary and lounge in New Jersey’s largest city.
Earlier this week, the partners behind Hashstoria’s newest location at 799-805 Broad Street in Newark announced that they have received a class five cannabis retail license from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
After securing approval from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon the Chef is officially moving forward with plans to bring his cannabis franchise to downtown Newark.
Following the regulatory board’s Oct. 19 vote to award a Class 5 retail license, Oregon-based brand Hashstoria will make its New Jersey debut early next year in the city’s Four Corners Historic district, initially opening as a dispensary and then evolving into a consumption lounge later in 2024.