As the cannabis industry continues to grow in New Jersey, more of its workers are unionizing, and labor organizers hope to continue this trend. “We do want certain rights,” said Antonio Melendez-Mott, an employee at The Botanist dispensary. “We want certain wages, and we want to be able to build on that so that in 10 years people are looking back and they are saying, ‘We have a career out of this.’”
“If you don’t get these licenses out the door faster, they’re just going out there selling more product on the street, on the black market. That’s what I’m seeing out there,” said Committee Chair Sen. Brian Stack (D-Hudson).
Republicans concurred. “I will be honest — what you’ve said doesn’t match what we’re hearing from constituents: that there’s a lack of transparency; big corporations get priority; process takes too long,” Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Bergen) commented.
Sales from New Jersey’s legal cannabis industry, both recreational and medicinal, brought in roughly $180 million this year so far. The update from the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission comes ahead of a legislative hearing on Friday on the status of the 18-month-old market.
The state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission Thursday revoked licenses to grow or manufacture adult-use cannabis by the Harmony company, saying the company owes $700,00 in license fees.
The city is still working to streamline its approval process to keep too many cannabis shops from ending up on the same popular drags like Central and Newark Avenues.
“We are trying to make sure we spread the love across the city so that the cannabis establishments are not clustered together,” said City Councilman Yousef Saleh, among other council members, to cap the number of new cannabis licenses at 48.
That is eight for each of the six wards of the city.
Shops already approved, like Leaf Joint, will not need to apply again and will not be counted against the cap.
While it is legal for adults in New Jersey to buy marijuana, it is still illegal to grow the plant at home. State Senator Troy Singleton has introduced bills to allow medical patients to grow their own weed.
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A year ago, ZenLeaf in Elizabeth was one of 13 dispensaries that officially opened for recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey. Since then, sales have been nonstop, according to general manager Sonny Achrekar. “We’re always get new people in and now that the weather is getting better, we’re going to get all the people flying in because we get all the airport traffic. So it’s just consistent,” he said.
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 first women-owned medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors to customers in Atlantic City on Friday.
The dispensary, Design 710, held a grand opening celebration along the unit block of Park Place.