Here are the 12 medical marijuana dispensaries where you can buy legal weed in NJ
TRENTON - It's a baker's dozen!
Though they still need to go through final inspections, 13 medical marijuana dispensaries on Monday won approval to begin selling legal weed to any adult over 21 years old, even if they're not a registered patent.
The 13 locations approved by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission are controlled by seven "alternative treatment centers," the state's term for a vertically integrated group that grows, manufactures and sells medical marijuana: Acreage Holdings, Ascend Wellness Holdings, Columbia Care, Curaleaf, Green Thumb Industries, TerrAscend and Verano Holdings.
"Expansion into the adult-use market — with a substantial advantageous start ahead of new applicants — is a privilege that must not be taken lightly. We expect these ATCs to uphold their promises to patients and communities; and that recreational customers will be adequately served," New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Chair Dianna Houenou said. "The NJ-CRC will be holding these businesses accountable to the commitments that led to their approvals. It is now on these expanded ATCs to keep up with demand — both medicinal and recreational.”
Those companies operate 18 dispensaries in New Jersey, but only 13 were granted initial approval by the CRC on Monday:
- The Botanist by CCF, Egg Harbor Township (Acreage Holdings)
- The Botanist by CCF, Williamstown (Monroe), (Acreage Holdings)
- Ascend New Jersey, Rochelle Park
- Columbia Care, Vineland
- The Cannabist, Deptford (Columbia Care)
- Curaleaf, Bellmawr
- Curaleaf, Edgewater Park
- RISE Dispensaries, Paterson
- RISE Dispensaries, Bloomfield
- The Apothecarium, Maplewood (TerrAscend)
- The Apothecarium, Phillipsburg (TerrAscend)
- Zen Leaf, Elizabeth (Verano Holdings)
- Zen Leaf, Lawrence (Verano Holdings)
Twelve of those 13 mentioned above opened on April 21. Curleaf in Edgewater Park didn't open.
In order to sell legal weed for adult use, the operator must provide proof of local approval for each location.
Five dispensaries don't have that approval yet.
Zen Leaf's dispensary in Neptune hasn't gotten its final zoning approval. The Ascend dispensary in Montclair hasn't gotten the final OK yet from the municipality.
In South Jersey, Acreage still needs approval from Atlantic City to sell recreational marijuana at its The Botanist by CCF dispensary on the boardwalk.
Green Thumb Industries, which operates three RISE dispensaries in New Jersey, will continue only serving medical marijuana patients at its Paramus location.
Paramus is one of numerous towns that opted out of the adult use cannabis industry but allow medical marijuana sales, as was Bordentown Township — where Curaleaf has a medical marijuana dispensary.
“We are getting closer to the opening of the market. We are approving applications for new applicants and have now made way for the ATCs to expand” CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown said. “We are now tasked with completing inspections of the ATCs and getting them permitted to open for business to the general public.”
There's no set timeline for those inspections to occur and licenses to be issued, Brown said.
On a television call-in show Monday night, Gov. Phil Murphy said it could come within weeks.
Mike Davis has spent the last decade covering New Jersey local news, marijuana legalization, transportation and a little bit of everything else. He's won a few awards that make his parents very proud. Contact him at email@example.com or @byMikeDavis on Twitter.