Murphy signs legal pot bills, Montclair's Ascend dispensary plans grand reopening – Montclair Local

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Gov. Phil Murphy has signed three bills that collectively legalize recreational marijuana and set up an industry to sell it — which could quickly the stage for medical marijuana dispensaries in Montclair to get in on the market.

Ascend Montclair, a cannabis dispensary located on Bloomfield Avenue and formerly known as the Greenleaf Compassion Center, was already planning a grand reopening for Monday night. By that time, bills the legislature had passed earlier to end marijuana arrests and create a legal marketplace would have gone into effect, even without the governor’s signature. Its invitations referenced a “modern retail cannabis experience.”

Also in the works: Lightshade, a cannabis dispensary brand, has said it intends to come to Montclair with a team led by Rohan Marley — son of reggae legend Bob Marley. That business is awaiting approvals including a state Department of Health review of its 2019 license application, which the business says said was held up along with others throughout the state because of an ongoing lawsuit. reported a state appellate court ruled last week the applications can move forward.

“Lightshade is excited around recent events in New Jersey regarding legal cannabis,

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