News 12 Staff
Apr 16, 2021, 1:37pm EDT
Updated on:Apr 16, 2021, 5:44pm EDT
Medical marijuana card holders at the Jersey Shore will now have another option to buy legal marijuana.
Dozens of employees and local dignitaries celebrated the opening of the ZenLeaf shop on Route 66 in Neptune Township Friday.
It is the company’s 74th dispensary in the country and its second in New Jersey. The dispensary is only the second option for people in Monmouth and Ocean counties to buy legal medical marijuana.
Just a few months ago, Smashburger closed the store. ZenLeaf saw an opportunity and quickly moved in, transforming the spot from burgers to marijuana with hope to join the recreational sales to come.
As some shore towns move to ban businesses such as this, Neptune Township opened its doors to welcome ZenLeaf to the community. Deputy Mayor Nicholas Williams said the opening of this location will prompt other communities to change their minds.
“I think it will open up people’s eyes. As you well know, all of the discussions with the governor over the last couple years about the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana, I think people will start noticing,” Williams said.
Patients like John Gray said they no longer have