The Apothecarium Dispensary at 1865 Springfield Avenue had its ribbon cutting on Friday morning. The new medical cannabis dispensary serves as Maplewood’s first and only. The facility offers its own brand of cannabis products (grown at its Boonton, NJ farm) called KindTree along with other brands. Features like a “Bud Bar,” where patients can smell the different types of cannabis flower, and the “Express Pick Up” area, make The Apothecarium a unique dispensary experience for New Jersey.
“We are proud to collaborate with TerrAscend [The Apothecarium’s parent company] and their organization, it’s been a long time coming,” said Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee at the ribbon cutting ceremony. TerrAscend came to Maplewood in 2020 with this idea and the township had been waiting for an opportunity to work with a company that could make an idea like this possible.
Former mayor and current Committee Member of the Maplewood Township Committee, Victor De Luca, was excited to celebrate the ribbon cutting. “They’ve given us a first-rate, upscale facility and that’s what we were looking for.” De Luca added that there is a, “community benefits agreement that we worked out with them that includes making an annual contribution to our Municipal Alliance, which is the alcohol and drug prevention program that works with young people. They also have to make contributions to the Partnership, our arts and culture scene, Seth Boyden, and the food bank.” The Apothecarium also agreed to hire local people to staff their 6,500 square foot facility.
The Apothecarium’s Community Outreach Specialist, Diana McElroy, has been busy giving tours of the new high-end facility this week. McElroy has been holding meetings and giving presentations to the local community for months.
According to McElroy, The Apothecarium plans on applying for an adult recreational marijuana dispensary license when that opportunity becomes available in New Jersey.
Greg Rochlin, CEO of TERRASCEND Northeast spoke enthusiastically about becoming a part of the Maplewood community. “It’s been a fantastic journey to get to this point. I would like to thank the town and the support that we’ve gotten. We are extremely excited to have this beautiful store. The citizens, patients, and consumers of NJ absolutely deserve this. This is the way it should be. We are incredibly proud to be part of this community.”
You must be over the age of 18 years and possess a medical marijuana card in the state of New Jersey to purchase cannabis.
Video of Mayor Frank McGeHee Welcome Words here: