FLEMINGTON – Plans are moving forward for the first medical marijuana dispensary, which eventually could be an adult-use marijuana store, to open in the borough.
Aunt Mary's Dispensary is scheduled to appear Dec. 6 before the borough Planning Board to receive minor site plan approval to open in a 5,200-square-foot space next to Panchero's in the Shoppes at Flemington off the Flemington Circle.
Aunt Mary's Dispensary, formerly known as Altus New Jersey, received approval to open the dispensary from the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission in October 2021. The Borough Council passed a resolution supporting the dispensary later that month.
No cultivation, manufacturing or packaging of medicinal cannabis would occur on site. The marijuana for the business would be grown in Franklin Township in Somerset County.
The dispensary would receive pre-packaged cannabis and related products, which would be stored in a vault with products only removed once an order is placed, according to the application before the Planning Board.
No on-site consumption of cannabis or cannabis products would be permitted. Staffers would regularly monitor outside the dispensary to make sure there is no cannabis consumption or loitering.
The dispensary would have a 24-hour, seven-day security system accessible to both the Cannabis Regulatory Commission and the borough police department.
Aunt Mary's estimates about 75 employees would staff the dispensary, with no more than 30 in the building at one time. At first on a daily average, there would be 10 to 15 employees and 15 to 20 employees as the business grows.
The dispensary would be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
According to its application, Aunt Mary's expects to receive state approval early next year to operate both a medicinal and adult-use cannabis business.
If the approval is given, the first two hours of business would be restricted to medicine cannabis customers. Adult-use hours would be limited to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Medicinal marijuana customers would be capped at 3 ounces of cannabis products per month, with no more than an ounce in any single transaction. Adult-use customers would be limited to an ounce in any single transaction.
Aunt Mary's would verify that each customer will either have a valid patient identification card or driver's license stating they are 21 years old both at the time they enter the dispensary and when they place their order.
Aunt Mary's was the highest-scoring applicant of 196 applicants reviewed by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to his articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account.
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