LODI, NJ – New Jersey’s first cannabis dispensary officially opened for business on Saturday.
It’s been less than four months since recreational marijuana was legalized in the state and 17 recreational dispensaries have set up shop.
As CBS2’s Zinnia Maldonado reports, it’s a new way to get cannabis.
“It was very convenient because they have a ride and this is their opening day,” said one customer.
after, New Jersey’s first drive-in dispensary is officially open for business. Located at the Apothecarium on Route 17 in Lodi.
TerrAscend Corporation owns and operates Apothecarium and two other dispensaries in New Jersey.
“The car service is the best,” said another customer.
“It makes it really quick and easy for them to get their order very quickly,” said Chantelle Elsner, senior vice president of retail for TerrAscend. “And then on the other hand, for patients who, you know, may have mobility issues or who may prefer to stay in their car, it gives them a safe option.”
The freeway will be open for medical patients only during the first two hours of operation each day, from 9-11am.
“The state wanted to make sure medical patients didn’t have to wait in line for a long time for their medication,” said Jason Wild, executive chairman of TerrAscend.
Wild says it has been a positive experience working through the cannabis sales launch with state officials.
The tax dollars go to the state and they have several programs that they have set up that will be the beneficiaries of the tax dollars,” he said.
Tax revenue from recreational cannabis sales from April 21, when the market first opened, to the end of June totaled more than $4.5 million. That’s based on nearly $80 million in total sales from licensed retailers across the state.
Wild predicts their three New Jersey locations will gross $40 million each within the first 12 months.
“It’s been a long time,” Wild said. “We’re here for the long haul.”