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One year into the legal cannabis industry, there are still no outdoor cannabis farms in New Jersey. In an industry where barriers to entry are already notoriously high, Choubey said there are few people willing to spend the time and money to try to get permission to cultivate outdoors, despite its sustainability and benefits to the environment.
“We’re the only ones — because it’s so hard,” Choubey said.
The Hackettstown Town Council finalized ordinance NO. 2021-09 in the June 24th meeting regarding cannabis within the township limits. The ordinance reads “Town of Hackettstown, County of Warren and state of New Jersey, amending the land development ordinance and permitting the operation of class 5 cannabis retail businesses within its geographical boundaries.”
Phillipsburg is home to one of New Jersey’s 19 medical marijuana dispensaries that will likely be first to open their doors to adult users once recreational sales start.
But any notions of a cannabis retail oasis in Warren County, and on Pennsylvania’s border, took a hit this week.
Town council cast a 4-0 preliminary vote Tuesday night to opt out of permitting any recreational marijuana businesses. The Apothecarium dispensary that opened last November on South Main Street is grandfathered in and unaffected by the decision, according to the town attorney, Rich Wenner.
A pending ordinance in the rural Warren County municipality calls for amending its municipal code and “prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis businesses within its geographic boundaries.”
New Jersey officially has more than a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries open, while the state continues to craft legislation to expand to recreational pot sales, too, as approved by state voters this fall.
The Apothecarium Dispensary in Phillipsburg is the first such facility in Warren County and the first New Jersey location for Canadian-based TerrAscend, which also has dispensaries in Pennsylvania, California and Nevada.
TerrAscend Corp. (“TerrAscend”) (CSE:TER, OTCQX: TRSSF), a leading North American cannabis operator, today announced that it has received the final permit from the NJ Department of Health (“NJ DOH”) to dispense medical cannabis from its first dispensary in New Jersey. The 3,500 square-foot dispensary, located at 55 South Main Street in downtown Phillipsburg, is situated in the historic Phillipsburg National Bank & Trust building and is the first Alternative Treatment Center (“ATC”) in Warren County.
The company’s product offerings will include raw flower, pre-rolls, extracted distillate and vaporizable oil, as well as Ilera Healthcare branded tinctures, topicals and medically-blended vapes.
"The Apothecarium" has set a spring opening for its newest location in Phillipsburg.
A marijuana growing operation in Morris County for global cannabinoid company TerrAscend, which owns The Apothecarium, was recently approved by the New Jersey Department of Health.
A medical marijuana facility in Phillipsburg is closer to reality.
The New Jersey Department of Health on Thursday announced it has approved a Morris County marijuana-growing operation for TerrAscend, which will provide marijuana for the company’s eventual treatment center in Warren County.
TerrAscend owns The Apothecarium, a posh dispensary chain with storefronts in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and anticipates the Phillipsburg location will open in 2020’s second quarter. It will be the first Apothecarium on the East Coast.
In a day and age when many farmers have folded their operations after selling their land to developers, others have pivoted to a form of cannabis as the new cash crop to grow their business.
Kenneth VandeVrede is a third generation farmer. His grandfather started raising mums and tomatoes in New Jersey 50 years ago and now, he’s trying to stay ahead of the curve by diversifying his crop.