New Jersey’s 15th medical marijuana dispensary will open this week, marking more slow but steady progress in the state’s cannabis industry.
The Botanist, which is operated by Canadian cannabis giant Acreage, will open its doors to patients this week in Williamstown once it receives final state approval. It’s the company’s third dispensary in the state. The other two are in Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township.
The new dispensary will make cannabis more accessible to the state’s 100,000 medical marijuana patients. But it also inches New Jersey closer to legal cannabis sales to those 21 and older.
The number of patients in New Jersey has ballooned in recent years, but new dispensaries have not kept pace. Patients often complain of product shortages, high prices and long lines.
It will take months, if not a full year, for new dispensaries to begin selling weed to the general public. But medical dispensaries can get a head start on that market once they prove they have enough cannabis for patients and others.
The Botanist will offer marijuana flower, vape cartridges, lozenges, tinctures and pre-rolls. The other two dispensaries serve 9,000 active patients, with about 400 in the Williamstown area who have been driving to Atlantic County, said Brian Sickora, general manager of the company’s New Jersey and New York operations, said during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the dispensary Friday.
Discussions on the dispensary started about 18 months ago, said Richard DiLucia, the mayor of Monroe Township, which includes Williamstown. Replacing the former Starbucks and Verizon stores with the medical dispensary wasn’t