Cannabis retailer opens

Newfoundland. Mountain View Farmacy is the only state-licensed business selling recreational cannabis in this corner of New Jersey.

| 14 Aug 2023 | 02:50

Mountain View Farmacy had a steady stream of customers as it celebrated its grand opening Sunday, July 30.

The cannabis retailer, 74 Oak Ridge Road, Newfoundland, opened its doors June 17.

It is the first state-licensed business selling recreational cannabis in this corner of New Jersey.

The next closest is 41 miles away in Paterson, said general manager Tom Sina.

New Jersey voters approved a referendum in 2020 to legalize recreational cannabis sales to residents age 21 and older.

Mountain View customers must show an ID to prove their age before entering the showroom.

The business received an operating license from the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission in February.

The West Milford Township Council has endorsed the applications of several cannabis businesses, including Jersey Roots Dispensary, a retailer under construction at 1433 Union Valley Road.

Cannabis businesses in Sussex County towns, such as Newton and Vernon, are in various stages of the licensing and approval process.

Sina said five big publicly traded companies provide wholesale cannabis in New Jersey so retail prices are similar.

When there are more suppliers, retailers can be more flexible in pricing, as occurred in California and Colorado, he noted.

Meanwhile, Mountain View offers daily discounts on some items as well as loyalty programs.

As a small business with 10 employees, it emphasizes customer service, Sina said.

”I want to make sure people are taken care of,” he said, comparing Mountain View to a mom-and-pop store.

He considers it to be like a pharmacy where “the client is the patient and the doctor.”

While staff members are not doctors, they can make recommendations to customers as a friend would, he said.

Sina plans to offer phone numbers that customers may call to ask advice, even anonymously.

Salespeople are not pushing products, he pointed out. ”We don’t sell. We help people buy.”