Touch-screen kiosks for advance ordering. Separate lines and clearly-marked signs for medical or adult-use customers. A checkout counter that looks like a bank and customer service that makes you feel like you’re at an Apple store.
This is what legal recreational weed in New Jersey looks like.
“Today really is a huge day,” said Edmund DeVeaux, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association who was at The Botanist’s opening in Williamstown. “Most people I’m sure in their minds are thinking this is a great opportunity to buy product and get high but we view this as a date, historic day for the state of New Jersey.”
He said it’s about getting well — for the people who haven’t gotten a medical card and have undiagnosed symptoms that cannabis can treat, as well as moving toward social justice reform and financial benefits.
“We’re talking about getting well socially, doing away with the stigma that was attached to people who use cannabis. And we’re getting well economically. When you speak to those municipal leaders that have had cannabis operations in their towns, they are benefiting not just from the tax revenue, but cannabis.”
Gov. Phil Murphy said the state expects the brand new industry to generate more than $2 billion in sales over the next four years. He said the industry will also create jobs and bring hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in tax revenue to the state.
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