FLEMINGTON – Hunterdon County’s first medical marijuana dispensary could open in three to four months in a shopping center off the Flemington Circle.
Altus New Jersey has been granted a permit by the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission to open the dispensary at The Shoppes at Flemington off the circle.
Altus received the highest score in the state among permit applicants, Jonathan Goldrath, one of the company’s principals told the Borough Council.
“We’re really excited to bring our business to Flemington,” he said.
Goldrath, who moved from the finance industry to the legalized cannabis industry in 2016, said the the dispensary, which he called a “pharmacy,” will employ about 20 to 30 people.
Goldrath said the businesses wants to “become a standout corporate citizen” and be active in local business organizations like the Flemington Community Partnership and the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. He also said employees will receive paid time off for volunteering.
Goldfarb said he has been involved in medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Utah.
The business is “well capitalized” and “ready, willing and able” to do business in New Jersey, he said.
In the future, he said, the business is planning to apply for a state permit to open an adult-use marijuana shop.
Mayor Betsy Driver expressed enthusiasm about the business.
“I look forward to having a productive partnership with Altus,” she said.
The dispensary will join other businesses at the shopping center, including Addicted Chic, Great Clips, Flemington Furs, Five Below, Home Goods and Talbots.
Goldfarb first expressed interest in opening a dispensary in Flemington in 2018.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he told the council.
The nearest medical marijuana dispensary to Hunterdon County is in Phillipsburg.
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