NJs Recreational Cannabis Retailers Delayed 6 Months

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New Jersey’s recreational cannabis market will miss the February 22nd deadline to open stores across the state. So when will NJ finally see recreational cannabis sales?

This month (January 2022), the state of New Jersey accepted some 300 applications to operate recreational cannabis dispensaries. Applications opened in December of 2021, and by the end of the first day, there were 635 accounts registered on the government site.

The NJ Cannabis Trade Association, representing medical growers in New Jersey, has been putting pressure on the state to meet their self-imposed deadline of February 22, 2022, to open recreational dispensaries. Feb. 22 is quickly approaching, but political roadblocks make it likely the state won't meet its deadline.

The biggest roadblocks for recreational dispensaries are municipal approval and concerns over cannabis supply.

The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association wants assurances from the state that recreational suppliers can open with enough supply to meet the demand of both medical and recreational consumers.

Currently, one dozen approved medical suppliers have applied to expand their medical facilities to include recreational sales.

Medical retailers say they could open in as little as 48 hours to recreational consumers and have plenty of supply to fill both medical and recreational demand. However, municipal approval will likely delay the opening of recreational retailers by another six months.

There is no way to ensure the state meets its February 22nd deadline, and no way to enforce any penalties to the state for missing the deadline promised to retailers.

The current timeline puts the approved opening of recreational dispensaries six months out from the original February 22nd deadline.

License approval by the state and supply concerns account for the delay.

Current licensed medical cannabis suppliers, of which there are 23, include the following:

Apothecarium Dispensary

55 SOUTH MAIN ST., PHILLIPSBURG, WARREN, NJ

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1865 SPRINGFIELD AVENUE, MAPLEWOOD, ESSEX, NJ

Ascend

395 BLOOMFIELD AVE, MONTCLAIR, ESSEX, NJ

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174 ROUTE 17 NORTH, ROCHELLE PARK, BERGEN, NJ

The Botanist

100 CENTURY DRIVE, EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, ATLANTIC, NJ

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1301 BOARDWALK, ATLANTIC CITY, ATLANTIC, NJ

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2090 BLACKHORSE PIKE, WILLIAMSTOWN, CAMDEN, NJ

Breakwater ATC

2 CORPORATE DRIVE, SUITE E, CRANBURY, MIDDLESEX, NJ

The Cannabist

1692 CLEMENTS BRIDGE RD, DEPTFORD, GLOUCESTER, NJ

Columbia Care NJ

1062 NORTH DELSEA DRIVE, VINELAND, CUMBERLAND, NJ

Curaleaf

640 CREEK ROAD, BELLMAWR, CAMDEN, NJ

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191 US 130, BORDENTOWN, NJ

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4237 ROUTE 130 SOUTH, EDGEWATER PARK, BURLINGTON, NJ

Garden State Dispensary

950 US HIGHWAY 1 NORTH, WOODBRIDGE, MIDDLESEX, NJ

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2536 RT 22, UNION, NJ

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59 NJ-35, EATONTOWN, MONMOUTH, NJ

Harmony Dispensary

600 MEADOWLANDS PARKWAY, SUITE 15, SECAUCUS, HUDSON, NJ

RISE

26-48 BLOOMFIELD AVE., BLOOMFIELD, ESSEX, NJ

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196 3RD AVENUE #3-C, PATERSON, PASSAIC, NJ

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145 RT. 4 WEST, UNIT #2, PARAMUS, BERGEN, NJ

Zen Leaf

117 SPRING STREET, ELIZABETH, UNION, NJ

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2100 ROUTE 66, NEPTUNE, MONMOUTH, NJ

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3256 BRUNSWICK PIKE, LAWRENCE TWP., MERCER, NJ

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