MORRISTOWN, NJ — Morristown residents eagerly anticipating the official opening of the town’s first cannabis dispensary were recently given an update on the time-consuming process.
The dispensary, which will be located on Ridgedale Avenue, will replace a defunct budget truck rental agency. The chosen location is on a busy route at the border of Morris Township, across from a former state motor vehicle inspection station, a bank, and a lumberyard.
The Morristown council first approved the resolution allowing the vendor Uma Flowers to open Morristown’s first cannabis dispensary in late May 2022.
Uma Flowers, a Massachusetts-based company founded by two sisters, was selected over five local applicants for the council’s first cannabis license, sparking some tension in the community.
According to a Sept. 12 report from town administrator Jillian Barrick, the process of finalizing all of the approvals for the new business is taking longer than anticipated.
Tejal and Priyanka Patel, sisters-in-law who own Uma Flowers, are currently waiting for a permanent license approval from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, which is expected to meet with the sisters in October.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission establishes and enforces the rules and regulations governing the licensing, cultivation, testing, selling and purchasing of