New Jersey’s busiest medical marijuana dispensary appears to be ready to get even busier.
Curaleaf, formerly known as Compassionate Sciences, opened a new retail location across the street from its existing location in Bellmawr last month and has entered the planning stage for a 100,000-square-foot, indoor growing facility on a remediated landfill here near an intersection of interstates 295 and 76, company and borough officials said. The new facility would be about the size of two football fields.
“We’re reviewing environmental design for potentially the largest greenhouse on the East Coast,” George Schidlovsky, president of Curaleaf New Jersey said Friday. “We are working in lockstep with the governor’s office, the Department of Health, the Legislature and municipality to provide the largest variety of cannabis products and the largest selection in the state.”
Curaleaf was the first of six dispensaries in the state to get permission to expand its operation. Gov. Phil Murphy won election in November on a platform to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. But those plans have stalled amid resistance from the state Legislature, including members of his own party.
“We have nine sales stations designed to process 1,000 patients a day,” Schidlovsky said. “We can do 100 new patient consultations a day and we’re designed to provide the largest access to the most affordable products and designed for future expansion.”
Part of Curaleaf’s recipe for success so far seems to be good relations with the borough of Bellmawr.
NJCI George Schidlovsky, Executive Director at Curaleaf in Bellmawr, sits at a consultation space inside the dispensary. Curaleaf is among 6 dispensaries licensed to sell medical cannabis in the state. Bellmawr, N.J., 5/16/2018. (Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)Andre Malok
“I took a beating when they opened up,”