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Walking through the doors of the latest dispensary in New Jersey, it’s hard not to compare the Garden State Dispensary’s new location in Union to a mash-up of a waiting room at a doctor’s office and a high-end electronics store.
Clean white walls and an open floor plan. Cubicle wall units featuring a diverse array of methods for smoking and vaporizing cannabis. Tables laid out with iPads showcasing the product menu.
But stores with bespoke aesthetics aren’t often located directly across from an adult video store. It’s just one of the many challenges, however, for medical cannabis dispensaries, which, due to zoning laws, are precluded from being within a 1,000 feet of a school zone.
This new location will have the same product availability as the Woodbridge location, but it’s going to have a new feature to improve the patient experience and the back-end workflow — a platform for online ordering.
“Functionally, it’s a little bit different than our Woodbridge facility right now,” said Marla Bowie, the dispensary manager. “We’re actually going to be using Baker, which is an online ordering system. Patients can order online at home or they can do so at the store.”
Bowie, who is also a licensed pharmacist, said this is just the beginning of Garden State Dispensary’s expansion, as its received approvals for a second satellite location in Eatontown.