Curaleaf’s Edgewater Park medical cannabis store began recreational sales on Wednesday, the company said, giving the Philadelphia area a third option for legal pot purchases ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
Curaleaf’s Bellmawr site and Columbia Care’s Cannabist store in Deptford were open for recreational sales on April 21, the first day they were licensed by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
Regulators gave Curaleaf the green light to begin recreational sales at its Edgewater Park outlet at 4237 US-130 last month. But the company still had to get final municipal approvals. Edgewater Park, which is across the Delaware River from Croydon, is the 13th location in the state for legal marijuana purchases.
The top 12 stores totaled $24.2 million in sales through May 21, the commission said Tuesday.
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One question for Curaleaf, based in Wakefield, Massachusetts, is whether the opening of Edgewater Park will reduce Bellmawr’s business. The shops are about 20 minutes apart. “We think it will add up as the lines around Bellmawr are still quite long,” Curaleaf executive chairman Boris Jordan told investment analysts on May 9.
Curaleaf, which under New Jersey law is only allowed three stores, also has a location in Bordentown, closer to Trenton, which Jordan hopes to open for recreational sales in June.