April 8, 2022

Cannabis Dispensary To Replace Long Vacant Pizza And Pawn Shop?

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Future cannabis dispensary?

A woman-owned and pharmacist-operated cannabis dispensary called The Healing Side has filed an application to open behind Boardwalk Hall, in a building that was last occupied, 15 years ago, by a Papa John’s and a cash-for-gold shop. 

  • When might it open? It could still be a while. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is (still) in charge of planning decisions in Atlantic City’s Tourism District. A CRDA official said a hearing was conducted on March 3 and the CRDA board is expected to vote on The Healing Side’s application at its April 19 meeting.
  • Atlantic City has a dispensary (The Botanist) open to people who have a medical marijuana card. The city has also published rules that will govern cannabis businesses (everything from cultivators to wholesalers to distributors and retailers) in Atlantic City. But we’re still waiting on the state to allow existing dispensaries to sell cannabis to people that don’t have medical marijuana cards (the NJ Cannabis Commission says it is concerned the state may not have enough cannabis to supply both those with medical needs and recreational users). 
  • Back To “The Healing Side”… The application to CRDA says The Healing Side’s team includes pharmacists (including Chintan Shah, who currently operates the Trenton Avenue Pharmacy) plus The Botanist’s former dispensary manager. (An earlier version of this article misstated this employee’s connection to The Botanist)

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