Cannabis company opens its flagship dispensary at N.J. It is the 17th from the state. – NJ.com
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A cannabis company has opened its flagship medical marijuana dispensary in North Jersey, becoming the 17th from the nation as buzz keeps growing around legal weed sales.
The Apothecarium, possessed by the Canadian company TerrAscend, opened Maplewood Friday day. It is the company’s second medical dispensary to open in New Jersey (the first opened in Phillipsburg at November), but TerrAscend hopes it will also serve the 21 and mature market once legal weed sales begin.
“We believe this will be among the best provided dispensaries in the nation,” said Greg Rochlin, head of TerrAscend’s nearby operations.
Gov. Phil Murphy at February signed a law which makes cannabis use legal for those 21 and older. However, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission must still build rules and regulations for the industry and license new dispensaries — a process which could take months.
The new Apothecarium dispensary is the business’s biggest East Coast store. Rochlin anticipates it to observe a high demand from patients at densely populated Essex County — combined with those 21 and older.
The state’s 107,000 patients have only 17 dispensaries.
Medical dispensaries will likely have the first shot at promoting to those 21 and older. However they need to first certify they have enough cannabis for patients along with an influx of new customers.
As new dispensaries grass and open cultivation websites ramp up production, they inch closer to that goal. TerrAscend’s cultivation site in Boonton Township started growing in December and is now prepared to bring cannabis into the market.
At the Maplewood dispensary, the words”High. Hello. Welcome.” Behind the other door is a slick, big dispensary room. Glass display cases show off goods, and a table comes with a station where patients may smell unique strains of cannabis on screen.
“We are progressive in lots of ways — and progressive in company,” said Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee.
He said the town did not push against the start of the medical dispensary, but it’s too soon to say whether Maplewood will ban any component of authorized weed sales. Towns have before mid-August to determine if they wish to pass ordinances blocking any portion of the cannabis industry, from growing to selling.
McGehee known as the new storefront a”premium experience” and”high class establishment,” noting it would help to serve neighborhood patients and even chip away at blot surrounding cannabis. It added 17 jobs, a number of them going into the town’s residents after the organization maintained a career fair at the neighborhood library.
TerrAscend plans to open a third dispensary at New Jersey this past summer. The business has yet to announce the location.
On Friday, TerrAscend celebrated that landmark, cutting a ribbon and allowing a line of patients throughout the doors at noon.
“It’s been lots of ups and downs and challenges to get here, however we have here,” said Jason Wild, TerrAsecend’s executive chairman. “In my opinion, this will be among the top dispensaries from the country.”
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