Early days for legal marijuana sales in Atlantic City – Press of Atlantic City

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The Botanist, a medical cannabis dispensary, operates at 1301 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Under a new ordinance, it would not be allowed to expand to the recreational cannabis market.

Joe Martucci

The establishment of a new industry can take on the atmosphere of the Wild West — a sort of land and gold rush that’s not exactly lawless, but with laws and rules not fully fleshed out.

The commercial marijuana industry New Jersey government is creating has that air about it. Competition is intense to secure lucrative ground level positions, as the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission drafts rules for the legal market for the drug.

The first entrant locally, the nonprofit Compassionate Care Foundation of Egg Harbor Township, got a license to grow and dispense medical marijuana a decade ago. It opened its dispensary in 2013.

A rival, MPX of Pleasantville, won a medical marijuana license in 2018 and got to work building its operations on the old Press of Atlantic City site there.

As it became nearly certain that New Jersey officials soon would legalize far more lucrative

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