BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Curaleaf, a leading cannabis operator that grows, processes and sells cannabis through dispensaries throughout the United States, is looking to make Bordentown Township its next location.  At Thursday night’s Planning Board meeting, the company will seek approval for their proposed medical marijuana dispensary in the Township.

Curaleaf recently became the biggest cannabis company in the world by sales, with an expected annual revenue of about $1 billion.   The Massachusetts-based company, which serves over 350,000 registered patients in twenty-three states, already operates eighty-eight dispensaries around the country, including one in Bellmawr, Camden County.  

The potential Curaleaf site would be located at 191 Route 130 North in Bordentown Township that is currently occupied by Stony Brook Sew and Vacuums.  Under the proposed plan, the existing building would be modified for Curaleaf to operate in a one-story, 9,315 square foot structure.

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According to the application, the dispensary would be open 10am to 7pm, seven days per week. Curaleaf would have approximately 40 total employees, with a maximum of 20 people working during a given shift. The proposal calls for a total of 106 parking spaces.

Members of the public can attend and participate in the Planning Board meeting on Thursday, August 13 at 7pm by teleconference on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be posted on the Planning Board’s website when the agenda is posted. The website can be found here.

The proposed Bordentown site would be for retail sales only. Curaleaf would continue to grow its product in the Bellmawr location and transport it to the Bordentown dispensary.

A Curaleaf in Bordentown, as well as a proposed site in Mount Laurel, is intended to address the high retail demand in the Bellmawr dispensary. It is expected up to 28 percent of current customers of Bellmawr would shift to the Bordentown dispensary, due to their geographic location.

Under current New Jersey law, a person who wishes to become a registered patient with the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) must be a resident of the state, maintain a bona fide relationship with a physician who is registered with the MMP and be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a New Jersey health care practitioner registered with the MMP. Approved patients are then issued an ID card from the MMP, which is required to purchase medical marijuana at dispensaries like Curaleaf.

There are currently nine medical marijuana dispensaries, or Alternative Treatment Centers, throughout New Jersey.

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