Rapper-Backed Newark Weed Dispensary Turns Eye To Opening … – Patch

NEWARK, NJ — Things are puffing along at full speed for a highly anticipated cannabis dispensary and lounge in New Jersey’s largest city.

Earlier this week, the partners behind Hashstoria’s newest location at 799-805 Broad Street in Newark announced that they have received a class five cannabis retail license from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission.

It’s a huge milestone for the company, which includes Hashstoria co-founder and Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon the Chef. Now, the project appears to have enlisted another well-known stakeholder from the music industry: Charlamagne tha God.

Other partners include civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers and architect Rachael Grochowski of Montclair-based RHG Architecture + Design.

The company has three existing facilities in Oregon.

The plan is to transform a blighted-but-historic building in downtown Newark’s Four Corners neighborhood, building out a multi-floored marijuana dispensary that will also include a consumption lounge, where customers can partake of a toke – or two.

With New Jersey still hashing out state rules for consumption areas, the dispensary area of Hashstoria-Newark will likely open first. According to Hashstoria, the goal is to open the dispensary in “early 2024” and evolve it into a smoking lounge later in the year.

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