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Two cannabis manufacturing licenses may be issued to Sweetspot Manufacturing LLC and Wiseco NJ LLC.
Warren, Rhode Island-based Sweetspot has a dispensary in Voorhees, Camden County.
Clifton, Passaic County-based Wiseco NJ is a grassroots, Black-women owned cannabis operator, according to its website.
The third cannabis license, which is for retail, may be issued to Bud Bazaar LLC.
Veterans for Alternative Medicine South Jersey LLC got its conditional license from Trenton in March 2022. On Feb. 8, city planners approved the company’s design for a facility at 17 West Park Ave.
Blake J. Costa, a Rhode Island resident who owns the company, testified the company has studied odor control intensively since it was founded five years ago and opened a facility in his own state.
Costa told the city Planning Board the technology and protocol was “perfected” at that first facility, now at 20,000-square feet.
Columbia Care, one of NJ’s first and largest cannabis dispensaries with locations in Vineland and Deptford, just got a lot bigger after a merger with Cresco Labs, an Illinois-based multi-state cannabis behemoth.
NJ regulators approved the merger by a 4:1 vote last week.
It’s a curious development for Columbia Care, a company that sells America’s most expensive medical cannabis here in New Jersey. Columbia Care also has a track record in other states that clashes with the oft-repeated equity goals of NJ’s cannabis regulators.
The city has turned away a proposal for manufacturing marijuana cigarettes at a property on North Delsea Drive.
The proposal rested on getting a use variance from the local cannabis zoning ordinance, since the site has a house on it and regulations prohibit a house sharing a lot with any cannabis operation.
Zoning Board members unanimously rejected the idea at a hearing Wednesday night.
A North Vineland couple is the winner in a Cumberland County Superior Court case that sought to block a cannabis business opening on a nearby commercial property at 3192 North West Boulevard.
A municipal Zoning Board decision in January had given the proposed developer, 3192 NJGCCP LLC, a use variance for cannabis growing. Many area residents spoke against the idea at the hearing, including Donald Money.
State Sen. Michael Testa, R-Vineland, addressed the acting attorney general on the enforcement of cannabis laws as they apply to off-duty police officers. Testa stated that the use of cannabis by off-duty police officers could put New Jersey at risk of losing federal grant funding.
Platkin responded that “the [New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act] statute is remarkably specific about what employers can do to employees in terms of adverse employment action in terms of regulated cannabis off duty.”
A recent decision allowing cannabis growing and processing in an agricultural area here has reaped a lawsuit in state court against the business and the Vineland Zoning Board.
The lawsuit was filed on March 22 on behalf of Donald and Sharon Money. They are longtime residents of the 200 block of Old Forest Road, not far from the project site at 3192 North West Boulevard.
Donald Money also was among numerous residents testifying against the project at its Zoning Board hearing on Jan. 19. The board, with one dissent, voted to give applicant 3192 NJGCCP LLC a use variance.
According to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC), those 13 locations are:
- Apothecarium, 1865 Springfield, Avenue, Maplewood
- Apothecarium, 55 South Main Street, Phillipsburg
- Ascend Wellness, 174 Route 17 North, Rochelle Park
- RISE, 26-48 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield
- RISE, 196 3rd Avenue, , Paterson
Here’s what to know on the first day of legal weed in New Jersey.
Where is the nearest dispensary?
The Apothecarium in Phillipsburg is the closest New Jersey dispensary that has been cleared for recreational sales. It opens at 10 a.m. Thursday at 55 South Main Street.
Parent company TerrAscend also has an Apothecarium in Maplewood, which opens at 9 a.m.
Other New Jersey legal weed sites are:
• Verano, under the Zen Leaf banner, at its locations in Elizabeth and Lawrence at 9 a.m.
There are a few communities currently considering plans. A handful of others already have been adjusting to legal medical grow sites as new neighbors, while a few spots in South Jersey have embraced the job creation that comes with the new business.
It can be a contentious relationship — such as in one Hunterdon County town, which this month reversed course on previous plans and prohibited any cannabis facilities from being set up in the community.
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