Two more New Jersey recreational cannabis retail stores opened this week.
Holistic Solutions, at 451 White Horse Pike in Atco, and Valley Wellness, at 407 U.S. Route 202 in Raritan, opened to recreational customers last week.
Both dispensaries are independently owned female native New Jerseyans: Valley Wellness by Sarah Trent, and Holistic Solutions by Suzan Nickelson, the first Black owner to open a cannabis shop in the state.
Holistic Solutions opens its doors at 8:30 a.m., serving medical patients only until 10:30 a.m. From then on, both patients and adult consumers over 21 may purchase products until 9:30 p.m. For special hours of operations, visit the store’s website. The store accepts cash only. There is no ATM on the premises. (Phone: 856-270-7067.)
Valley Wellness was the first independently owned dispensary to open in the Garden State, and the second dispensary to open in Somerset County. “While the market is expanding, it takes cannabis companies months, if not years, to open.” Trent said, “We expect our product selection will remain stable and similar over the next year or so. That said, we are anxious to add new products made from local New Jersey growers and manufacturers.”
Trent said patients will continue to be prioritized, including moving to the front of the line and have continued access to discounted products. Daily patient-only hours are from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Adult sales begin after that. The store closes at 7 p.m.
Valley Wellness also offers free consultations at the dispensary or by appointment via phone with their in-house pharmacist or knowledgeable staff. Valley Wellness encourages online ordering and payment through its website (Phone: 908-429-6680).
“Right now, Somerset County is just happy that we are open, cutting down on drive times across the state to obtain product,” she said. “We have seen an outpouring of support from Raritan and county residents.”
“We are so excited to be able to open our doors to recreational consumers,” Nickelson agrees. “We’ve had a long journey to get here and we’re ready to serve the community.”
There are now 27 shops in New Jersey where adults over the age 21 may buy legal weed.