Zoning Ordinance Halts Ascend Wellness Dispensary Sales in New Jersey

Zoning Ordinance Halts Ascend Wellness Dispensary Sales in New Jersey
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<![CDATA[As New Jersey’s adult-use cannabis retail footprint expands beyond the original 12 dispensaries that opened when the state launched commercial sales April 21, one facility got going a little too quickly. Ascend Wellness Holdings, one of seven companies that opened the original dozen adult-use facilities on launch day seven weeks ago, attempted to open another retail store to adult customers earlier this week in Montclair Township, in North Jersey. In fact, the New York-based multistate operator let adult-use patrons inside its Montclair dispensary from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on June 7, believing it had the green light to do so. But less than four hours into serving adult-use customers at the location, township officials informed the company it was in violation of a zoning ordinance for the new clientele base—Ascend’s Montclair location is an existing medical cannabis retail operator—NJ Advance Media reported. Ascend officials were under the impression that they had dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on all their paperwork and had the final approval from state and local regulators to serve adult-use customers, Caitlin Fleishman, the company’s director of public affairs and communications, told the media outlet. “We stopped adult-use sales at 1:30 p.m.,” Fleishman said. “The town said they will send code enforcement/police [if adult-use sales did not cease].” On New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s (CRC) website, Ascend’s Montclair location was still listed as a medical-only dispensary when this article was published June 10. Beyond the original dispensaries that were approved to serve adults 21 and older for the state’s April 21 launch, CRC officials approved five additional dispensaries to make the adult-use retail transition at their May 24 meeting. A resolution for Ascend Wellness’ Montclair dispensary was one of the five approved on a 5-0 vote by the commission. But like other retail operators in the…

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