The mayor, the entire city council, planning board, dignitaries from Plainfield and greater Union County, state senators and representatives were in attendance. There was a local DJ and a food truck on site, too.
The party was two years in the making.
Queen City Dispensary, located at 1353 South Ave., is a rare success story in what the state hopes will be a booming cannabis industry — one that attempts to correct social justice issues of the past while bringing economic opportunity to those most adversely impacted.
To address the critical need for workers in the industry, Union has partnered with Green Flower, a leader in cannabis education, to offer these in-demand training programs, focusing on retail specialist training, cannabis extraction and product development, and cultivation.
“The cannabis field is a rapidly growing industry. With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in New Jersey, it is important to educate our community on the process of producing and selling cannabis products in a legal and ethical way,” stated Union’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.
A massive marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility has been proposed in Plainfield, according to a recent article by mycentraljersey.com.
Clade9 New Jersey — a California-based firm that grows and and manufactures medical marijuana — will appear before Plainfield's Planning Board on Oct. 6 with a proposal to create the cannabis cultivation facility in the former Mack Truck factory on West Front Street between Rock and Clinton Avenues.
Add this city to the list of communities looking to ban the sale, growth and distribution of recreational marijuana.
When members of the Common Council meet in person 7:30 p.m. June 1, they will hold a public hearing and vote on an amendment to zoning regulations allowing medical marijuana sales, but prohibiting the sale, growth and distribution of recreational weed.
The public will be allowed to attend the meeting in person. Masks are required in City Hall and the Council Chambers and seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing.
Researchers said seven counties saw more than 2,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2017:
Garden State Dispensary of Woodbridge has received a health department permit to open a new medical marijuana retail shop in Union Township, and anticipates opening for business as soon as Wednesday, officials confirmed Friday.
Assistant state Health Commissioner Jeff Brown, who oversees the state’s medical marijuana program, told NJ Advance Media his office has delivered the permit allowing the U.S. Route 22 East satellite dispensary to open in Union County.
“Everything is good on our end,” Brown said.
It took a big push by major corporations to bring a whole new industry- casinos- to New Jersey. Marijuana interests may need a similar boost.
While medical marijuana already has been legalized in the state, legislation allowing recreational use has run into stiff resistance even though pro-marijuana spending on lobbying rose nearly 319 percent to $1.4 million in 2018.
Governor Murphy and legislative leaders are continuing to hold meetings to try to rescue the bill, which Senate President Steve Sweeney gave only a 50-50 change of passage on April 29, 2019.
The town may join a chorus of municipalities banning the sale of recreational marijuana, something that comes in advance of the state Legislature’s expected passage of legislation that would legalize recreational pot.
The state Legislature is anticipated to vote on the measure next month, at the earliest, something that gives Westfield some time to ponder if it wants to allow marijuana sales within its borders.
Nearly a year ago, Phil Murphy was elected as the Governor of New Jersey. One of his biggest promises to the residents of New Jersey was that he would sign legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state. Now more than ever it appears the change in law is imminent and members of Township Committees throughout the state are discussing what limitations, if any, their towns will have on related issues such as cultivation and sales of pot.