Hudson County will soon have its first recreational cannabis store after the state’s cannabis board gave the thumbs-up for Harmony Dispensary to begin selling to adults 21 and older at its Secaucus medical marijuana facility on Castle Road target.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 on Friday to approve Harmony’s expansion into recreational product sales in Secaucus. The store opened in June 2018 as a medical marijuana facility.
CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown said before their vote that Harmony was recommended for approval after they committed to adding a point-of-sale system for medical patients only, undergoing expansions and committing to patient access standards .
Harmony Dispensary’s official address is 600 Meadowlands Parkway, located on the industrial south side of Secaucus near the Secaucus Junction train station and the Xchange apartment complex.
Community manager Gary Jeffas told the Jersey Journal after the vote that they were glad the state acted on their approval and that Harmony “has been a very responsible partner here in town selling medicinal cannabis for years.”
“The mayor (Michael Gonnelli) and (the city) council are confident that they will be just as good and responsible at selling recreational activities, so it’s something the city has supported,” he said.
The city initially temporarily banned the sale of recreational cannabis in August 2021 ahead of a state-mandated deadline while deciding how to regulate the sale. The ban was lifted in May this year after other establishments in the state began selling recreational cannabis.
Jeffas added that Harmony will not need anything else from the city to begin recreational sales after they receive state approval.
“We hope that it will not have a major impact on the city per se,” he said, referring to the situation in the industrial area. “When the state voted on whether or not to legalize cannabis, it passed with a pretty good majority here in Secaucus, so it seemed like voters were in favor of legalizing cannabis.”
Secaucus residents voted to legalize marijuana by a majority of about two-to-one in the 2020 statewide referendum, with 5,420 people voting yes and 2,791 voting no.
“We hope, of course, that it will be a very controlled situation that will be accepted by the city,” he added.
It’s not yet known when Harmony will start recreational sales. Harmony did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.
Shaya Brodchandel, President and CEO of Harmony, told NJ Advance Media in October that upon government approval, they would continue to prioritize medical patients and their registered caregivers as mandated by the CRC by providing exclusive hours of operation, designated service areas, discount eligibility, delivery service and pickup beside the road.