To help make it easier for medicinal and recreational cannabis customers find dispensaries across New Jersey, the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission launched a redesigned search tool on its website.
The updated “Find a Dispensary” directory includes maps and lists for recreational-only dispensaries, medicinal cannabis dispensaries (ATCs), and medicinal dispensaries offering home delivery, the CRC said in a May 19 announcement.
The upgrade comes as the commission celebrates a milestone for New Jersey’s emerging industry—the opening of the first recreational-only cannabis retailers.
Earth & Ivy, a new and diversely-owned business founded by three student-athlete alumni from the University of Pennsylvania, is set to open its doors May 20 in New Brunswick, while Nova Farms in Woodbury – a designated Impact Zone – began welcoming customers May 19.
The other 28 dispensaries selling adult-use cannabis in New Jersey expanded into recreational sales after starting as medicinal dispensaries.
“Over the last two years we have grown the number of ATCs open to patients and overseen several of them through to expansion into recreational cannabis. Now retailers are opening exclusively to serve adult-use customers,” said CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown, who went to say it was not only a win for the market, but also for the agency.
Currently, there are 38 licensed dispensaries open across New Jersey. Of that number, 13 are exclusively for medicinal cannabis patients and all dispensaries that serve patients are required to prioritize them with product availability, designated hours, check-out lines and parking.
As of April 13, the CRC has approved 98 annual awards, including 51 for retailers that will eventually join Earth & Ivy and Nova Farms as recreational-only dispensaries.