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Questions Answered About Marijuana Sales In New Jersey

Lines are forming across the state of New Jersey to get some fresh bud, legally.

But there are some questions that need to be answered, and lots of uncertainty around them. So here’s a list of a few.

There are 13 Locations

Locations are spread across the state, although there’s a bit of a bald spot at the shore in central Jersey, unfortunately. More locations plan to open in the coming weeks.

You Can’t Pay with Credit Card

Just like the rest of the country, banks and marijuana are having a hard time mixing. Therefore, you may want to hit an ATM before you make it to the dispensary. However there are three places that will take debit card. Those are Ascend in Rochelle Park and Curaleaf in Bellmawr and Edgewater Park.

Why’d They Wait until AFTER 4/20?

Seems the initial plan was indeed to open all the stores on that day, but due to the small number of locations and the super high demand, the headache this would induce would have been crippling. “Selecting 4/20 for opening day would have presented unmanageable logistical challenges for patients and other buyers, surrounding communities, and for municipalities,” says Toni-Anne Blake, a spokeswoman for New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

With the lines starting last night and lasting well into today, I can understand the hesitancy to encourage even more of a celebration.

Enjoy the legalization!

Dispensary locations in North Jersey:

Apothecarium, 1865 Springfield Ave., Maplewood

Apothecarium, 55 South Main St., Phillipsburg

Ascend Wellness, 174 Route 17 North, Rochelle Park

RISE, 26-48 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield

RISE, 196 3rd Ave., #3C, Paterson

Dispensary locations in Central Jersey:

Zen Leaf, 117 Spring St., Elizabeth

Zen Leaf, 3256 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Township

Dispensary locations in South Jersey:

The Botanist, 100 Century Dr., Egg Harbor Township

The Botanist, 2090 N Blackhorse Pike, Williamstown

The Cannabist/Columbia Care, 1692 Clements Bridge Rd., Deptford – 5 PM Open for recreational

The Cannabist/Columbia Care, 1062 North Delsea Drive, Vineland – 5 PM Open for recreational

Curaleaf, 640 Creek Rd., Bellmawr

Curaleaf, 4237 US-130 South, Edgewater Park — expected to open Friday due to “a small zoning technicality,” according the CEO of Curaleaf


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