Local Women-Owned Plantabis & Blue Oak NJ Weed Dispensaries Open

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Plantabis in Rahway in Union County and Blue Oak in Bloomfield in Essex County and recently opened New Jersey weed dispensaries.

By Heady NJ’s count, they opened the 92nd and 93rd New Jersey adult-use weed dispensaries. Both are locally and majority women-owned.

The pace of New Jersey weed dispensaries openings has become furious. About three others opened around the same time that Heady NJ will cover later.

Delays that had agonized the New Jersey cannabis industry and consumers have been overcome. Scrappy entrepreneurs, along with corporations of different sizes, are racing to be among the first 100 adult use New Jersey cannabis dispensaries.

The race for the first 100 New Jersey cannabis dispensaries has been won, with a few competing for last place.

The next race to win is the first 100 New Jersey adult-use cannabis dispensaries. Then, the race is for the first 100 exclusively adult-use cannabis dispensaries. Most of the first 35 or so sold medical cannabis first. They are largely Multi-State Operators (MSOs) based elsewhere owned by White men with some exceptions.

The NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJCRC) has been eager to promote the number of women and minority-owned businesses in the adult-use market.

However, they have not released many statistics on local ownership recently.

A lot of small MSOs are coming to Jersey. They range widely in quality.

Plantabis Dispensary Opens in Rahway

Plantabis has opened the first weed dispensary in Rahway. Last week they had a busy Grand Opening with several budtenders helping customers. Plantabis had food and a DJ outside playing music for a festive atmosphere for the occasion.

The cozy place has a great chandelier and colorful atmosphere pictured above.

They have a drive-through along with a small parking lot on Route 1. It’s an interesting location near the Merck pharmaceutical operations in Rahway.

For the Grand Opening, they had Brand representatives with tables from 1906, which is owned by New Jerseyan, who moved to Colorado along with the corporate Multi-State Operator (MSO) TerrAscend.

Plantabis had several white-labeling brands like Cookies. This means companies make deals with the existing MSOs to get their products on shelves. Some white labelers bring their own seeds, plants, formulas, and ingredients to the product, while others just slap a new label on it, hence the name. They also featured MSO brand flower, edibles, vapes, and dabbing products.

New Jersey weed dispensary Plantabis

Plantabis is eager to feature more independent brands like many others.

Ownership Background

Plantabis is a locally owned New Jersey weed dispensary.

They are a women-owned business with Corby Pascucci as the CEO and majority owner. She lives in Little Silver in Monmouth County.  Her lawyer explained at a Rahway Planning Board meeting Pascucci has a background in liquor sales.

She is partners with Darden Mati, a Montclair liquor store owner and Artie Maglio, a real estate agent who used to live in Rahway and now lives in Jersey City.

Securing Local Approval to Open a NJ Weed Dispensary

Plantabis received its approval to open from Rahway earlier this month after getting the resolution needed last March and Planning Board approval in June.

They applied for their dispensary license in April 2022, shortly after the portal opened.

Plantabis won their conditional dispensary license from the NCJRC in September 2022, and their conversion to the annual license needed to open from the NJCRC in September 2023.

Blue Oak Dispensary Opens in Bloomfield

Blue Oak is a women-owned micro weed dispensary in Bloomfield that opened recently.

Blue Oak

They are in a doctor’s office building a quick walk from the Holsten’s ice cream shop which served as the final scene in the hit show The Sopranos.

Blue Oak will offer curbside delivery in their parking lot behind the place. The place had a lot of informative diagrams about cannabis science since they really want to educate people on it.

Owner Danielle Wildstein wants to educate people more on cannabis. She is eager to reduce the stigma she sees around mothers like herself. So they had an infographic on terpenes.

“You can still be a great mom and still have a high-powered job and do cannabis,” Wildstein declared.

In an interesting twist, Blue Oak has a consulting room where cannabis newbies and novices can ask questions in a medical vein.

Notably, in the lobby, they had a pillow that called for home growing of cannabis, which remains a felony in New Jersey.

Wildstein said the name is from Blue cannabis while oak trees symbolize wisdom and healing in some cultures.

Her budtenders worked for larger MSOs before joining Blue Oak.

They are eager to work with other women-owned independent New Jersey weed dispensaries.

Blue Oak is the third Bloomfield dispensary to open after the MSO GTI Rise and out-of-state women majority-owned Nightjar. Both are far enough away to hope to avoid the distance concerns of many New Jersey cannabis dispensary owners.

Local Woman Owned

Wildstein has been a cannabis consumer for some time. She got into cannabis due to its therapeutic properties. Her late mother was unfortunately very sickly and had to take many pills at the end, which were not that effective.

“I wish she had access to medical marijuana, just for quality of life,” Wildstein said.

Blue Oak is the first business she has owned. However, Wildstein worked for dynamic start-ups in the past and her husband has a business. She previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry and entertainment. So Wildstein is very familiar with the issues of the industry of getting a legal drug to the market.

She said she used her life savings to open to overcome the issue of lack of capital that has hurt the efforts of so many in the New Jersey cannabis industry.

Wildstein is from Pompton Plains in Morris County and now lives in Scotch Plains in Union County.

She wants to help out in the community now that they’re open.

Micro New Jersey Weed Dispensary Issues

Blue Oak won an annual micro dispensary license from the NJCRC in February 2023.

However, Wildstein was unhappy being a micro license applicant did not come with more help. In reality, it only lowered a few state fees compared to the numerous private sector business costs.

She’s not the only one noticing that after struggling.

“There’s no support,” she lamented. “It’s a challenge. “There’s only a handful of us in the state living it.”

Something was really for her and many others was to pay rent for two years in the space to be able to open since site control was needed and landlords are often devious and greedy.

“I’m the little guy,” Wildstein noted. “How do we have a union of sorts?”

Unfortunately, the Legislature did not give the NJCRC a large budget to launch. The way the adult-use cannabis referendum law was written, the more New Jersey collects adult-use cannabis tax revenue, the more they can fund social programs, which they have been doing slowly with out-of-state companies winning grants.

She was skeptical of the experience of the teachers of the Cannabis Training Academy which is delayed.

It might be easier for them to open once programs are running smoothly. But by then there might not be many openings for a micro to be able to legitimately compete.

Micro dispensaries are able to convert to regular dispensaries after a certain amount of time.

Despite the issues, Blue Oak has opened while others have given up.

The Adult-use New Jersey Weed Dispensaries List:

  1. Apothecarium Dispensary 55 SOUTH MAIN ST. PHILLIPSBURG Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  2. Apothecarium Dispensary 1865 SPRINGFIELD AVENUE MAPLEWOOD  Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  3. Apothecarium Dispensary200 NJ-17 LODI Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  4. Ascend 174 ROUTE 17 NORTH ROCHELLE PARK -Rochelle-Park  Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  5. Ascend 461-469 WEST STATE STREET FORT LEE Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  6. Ascend 395 BLOOMFIELD AVE MONTCLAIR Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  7. Aunt Mary’s Dispensary  100 REAVILLE AVE. SUITE 211 FLEMINGTON Medicinal and Recreational
  8. Ayr Wellness (formerly Garden State Dispensary) 950 US 1 NORTH WOODBRIDGE  Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  9. Ayr Wellness 59 MAIN ST EATONTOWN Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  10. Ayr Wellness 2536 RT 22 UNION Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  11. BLOC 1075 EASTON AVE SOMERSET Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  12. BLOC 501 US-9 WARETOWN Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  13. BLOC 1761 NORTH OLDEN AVENUE EWING  Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  14. The Botanist 100 CENTURY DRIVE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  15. The Botanist 2090 N BLACKHORSE PIKE WILLIAMSTOWN Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  16. RISE 196 3RD AVENUE #3-C PATERSON Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  17. RISE 26-48 BLOOMFIELD AVE BLOOMFIELD Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  18. The Cannabist 1062 NORTH DELSEA DRIVE VINELAND Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  19. The Cannabist 1692 CLEMENTS BRIDGE RD DEPTFORD  Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  20. Curaleaf 191 RTE 130 BORDENTOWN Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  21. Curaleaf 640 CREEK ROAD BELLMAWR Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  22. Curaleaf 4237 US-130 South EDGEWATER PARK Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  23. MPX NJ 153 S. NEW YORK AVENUE ATLANTIC CITY Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  24. MPX NJ 5035 CENTRAL HWY PENNSAUKEN / Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  25. MPX NJ 581 BERLIN-CROSS KEYS ROAD SICKLERVILLE  Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  26. Zen Leaf 3256 BRUNSWICK PIKE LAWRENCE TWP. Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  27. Zen Leaf 117 SPRING STREET ELIZABETH  Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  28. Zen Leaf 2100 ROUTE 66 NEPTUNE Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  29. downtown FLWR 141 NEWARK AVENUE JERSEY CITY Medicinal and Recreational
  30. Valley Wellness 407 US-202 RARITAN Medicinal and Recreational
  31. RIPT 220 BROADWAY JERSEY CITY Medicinal and Recreational
  32. NJ Leaf 546 PARK AVENUE FREEHOLD Medicinal and Recreational
  33. Design 710 112 PARK PLACE ATLANTIC CITY Medicinal and Recreational
  34. Brute’s Roots 6206 BLACK HORSE PIKE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP Medicinal and Recreational
  35. Eastern Green 78 ROUTE 73 VOORHEES / Medicinal and Recreational
  36. Garden State Botanicals 1345 US-1 NORTH BRUNSWICK Medicinal and Recreational
  37. Garfield Gardens Dispensary 517 RIVER DRIVE GARFIELD Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  38. Union Chill 204 N UNION ST, #108 LAMBERTVILLE Recreational cannabis only
  39. Holistic Solutions LLC 451 WHITE HORSE PIKE ATCO Medicinal and Recreational
  40. HoneyGrove 1337 BLACKWOOD-CLEMENTON ROAD GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP Medicinal and Recreational
  41. Sweet Spot 903 WHITE HORSE ROAD, SUITE 2 VOORHEES Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  42. URB’N Dispensary 378 SOUTH ST NEWARK Medicinal and Recreational
  43. Earth & Ivy 355 GEORGE STREET NEW BRUNSWICK Recreational cannabis only
  44. Nova Farms 642 MANTUA AVENUE WOODBURY Recreational cannabis only MSO
  45. Social Leaf, The 334 ATLANTIC CITY BOULEVARD SOUTH TOMS RIVER Recreational cannabis only
  46. Leaf Haus 900 EASTON AVENUE, SUITE 18 SOMERSET Recreational cannabis only
  47. New Era Dispensary 80-88 MAIN STREET SOUTH BOUND BROOK / Recreational cannabis only
  48. A21 Wellness 2507 US HIGHWAY 22 SCOTCH PLAINS Recreational cannabis only
  49. 1634 Funk 394 COMMUNIPAW AVENUE JERSEY CITY Recreational cannabis only
  50. Baked by the River 8 CHURCH STREET LAMBERTVILLE Recreational cannabis only
  51. Camden Apothecary 1205 HADDON AVENUE CAMDEN Recreational cannabis only
  52. The Cannabis Place 1544 JOHN F. KENNEDY BOULEVARD JERSEY CITY Recreational cannabis only MSO
  53. Cloud Nine Dispensary 513-27 ROUTE 22 NORTH PLAINFIELD Recreational cannabis only
  54. Cookies Harrison 331 ANGELO CIFELLI DRIVE HARRISON Recreational cannabis only MSO
  55. Anja 225 WOODBRIDGE AVENUE HIGHLAND PARK Recreational cannabis only
  56. Puffin Store 382 GEORGE STREET NEW BRUNSWICK Recreational cannabis only
  57. Noire Dispensary Recreational cannabis only
  58. Queen City Remedies 1353 SOUTH AVE PLAINFIELD Recreational cannabis only
  59. Daylite Cannabis 1136 ROUTE 73 MOUNT LAUREL / Recreational cannabis only
  60. Elevated by TheCannaBossLady 9 HIGHLAND PLACE MAPLEWOOD Recreational cannabis only
  61. Garden Greenz 190 NEWARK AVENUE JERSEY CITY Recreational cannabis only
  62. Elevated Herb 1846 ROUTE 23 WEST MILFORD Recreational cannabis only
  63. Evolve Cannabis 186 US-130 BORDENTOWN Recreational cannabis only
  64. Fire and Oak 5 WASHINGTON STREET MOUNT HOLLY Recreational cannabis only
  65. Indigo 302 CRESCENT BOULEVARD BROOKLAWN Recreational cannabis only
  66. Molly Ann Farms 256 BELMONT AVENUE HALEDON / Recreational cannabis only
  67. Organic Farms 2895 MOUNT EPHRAIM AVENUE CAMDEN Recreational cannabis only
  68. Mountain View Farmacy 74 OAK RIDGE ROAD WEST MILFORD Recreational cannabis only
  69. Unity Rd. Cannabis Shop 441 ELIZABETH AVE SOMERSET Recreational cannabis only MSO
  70. Hackettstown Dispensary 321 MOUNTAIN AVENUE HACKETTSTOWN Recreational cannabis only
  71. Hello High 7685 BLACK HORSE PIKE HAMMONTON Recreational cannabis only
  72. High Street Dispensary 811 HIGH STREET HACKETTSTOWN Recreational cannabis only
  73. Highway 90 90 OLD MARLTON PIKE WEST EVESHAM Recreational cannabis only
  74. Kind Kush 279 US-46 ROCKAWAY Recreational cannabis only
  75. Med Leaf 201 PHILADELPHIA AVENUE EGG HARBOR CITY Recreational cannabis only
  76. Soulflora 2713 NJ ROUTE 23, SUITE 5A NEWFOUNDLAND Recreational cannabis only
  77. Noire Dispensary 171 MAPLEWOOD AVE MAPLEWOOD Recreational cannabis only
  78. Phasal 1100 N BLACK HORSE PIKE RUNNEMEDE Recreational cannabis only MSO
  79. Phula 60-62 HIGH STREET MOUNT HOLLY Recreational cannabis only
  80. Pure Blossom 2554 PENNINGTON ROAD PENNINGTON Recreational cannabis only
  81. Nightjar 549 BLOOMFIELD AVENUE BLOOMFIELD Recreational cannabis only
  82. Royal M 102A E FRONT ST PLAINFIELD Recreational cannabis only
  83. Shore House Canna 124 SUNSET BLVD WEST CAPE MAY Recreational cannabis only
  84. Hashery 409 NJ-17 HACKENSACK Recreational cannabis only
  85. Terrapin Investment Fund “The Station” 86 RIVER ST. HOBOKEN Medicinal and Recreational MSO
  86. Joy Leaf 711 EAST 1ST AVENUE ROSELLE Recreational cannabis only
  87. The Leaf Joint  391 CENTRAL AVE, GROUND FLOOR JERSEY CITY Recreational cannabis only
  88. Voltaire NJ 47 MILL STREET MOUNT HOLLY Recreational cannabis only
  89. Dank Poet Dispensary 245 E WASHINGTON AVE WASHINGTON Recreational cannabis only
  90. Cannabis Clubhouse 70-72 E MAIN STREET SUSSEX Recreational cannabis only
  91. Blue Oak Dispensary 1025 Broad St, BLOOMFIELD, NJ 07003 Recreational cannabis only
  92. Plantabis 2077 US-1, Rahway, NJ 07065 Recreational cannabis only
  93. High Profile LAKEHURST Recreational cannabis only 145 NJ-70, Lakehurst, NJ 08733

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