North Jersey entrepreneur to open cannabis dispensary at site of longtime funeral home

Considering the state oif the market , this is what we would call tempting fate!

Nort reports

HALEDON — An entrepreneur from Bergen County is under contract to buy the decades-old funeral home on Belmont Avenue with a plan to open a cannabis dispensary there in a matter of months.

Molly Ann Farms, a name borrowed from the brook flowing south of the 1.1-acre site, near the corner of Henry Street, could begin selling marijuana products as early as June.

It will be the third reincarnation of the property, first occupied by a grocery store.

For the past 45 years, the building at the site and its three viewing parlors have received many thousands of grieving families and friends — initially as Rinaldi Funeral Home, then as Rinaldi-DeLuccia-Vander Plaat Funeral Home and, finally, as DeLuccia-Lozito Funeral Home.

On Wednesday, the agency governing the state’s cannabis industry awarded a license to Molly Ann Farms after an application process that started months ago when the dispensary registered as a limited liability company.

Gabriella Wilday, its co-founder, said she believes that the overenforcement of cannabis use has led to years of wealth disparity affecting neighborhoods of color.

“Cannabis is a product that any honest doctor will tell you is safer to consume than alcohol,” said Wilday, of Ridgewood. “The fact that it has been illegal for so long, up until now, is a classic case study in opposition politics and racism.”

Wilday, who also established No Fuss Lunch, a healthy lunch program for area schools, owns the dispensary with her brother, Gian Lombardi, and her father, George Lombardi.

Molly Ann Farms is one of two cannabis retailers allowed to operate in the borough.

New Jersey became the 13th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for adult use when Gov. Phil Murphy signed a series of bills in February 2021 — three months after voters overwhelmingly supported that constitutional amendment through a ballot measure.


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