Opening day is here: On Thursday, April 21, New Jersey marijuana stores start selling to all adults 21 and older, marking the end of prohibition and the start of a new legal era.
Leafly editors Calvin Stovall and Bruce Barcott are in NJ for the big event. They’ll team up with contributing writers sending in reports from stores up and down the state. We’ll update this page hourly with photos, quotes, stories, and highlights from a historic day.
6 a.m.: Melissa Correa makes the first purchase in Bloomfield
First in line at the RISE store in Bloomfield was Melissa Correa, 42, from Plainfield. She waited through the night to step into the store at 6:00 a.m. this morning.
Time to RISE and shine
An eager crowd of consumers waiting outside the RISE store in Bloomfield, NJ, in the early morning hours of April 21.
End of prohibition 2.0
Ben Kovler, the chairman and CEO of Green Thumb Industries, which operates the RISE stores in Bloomfield and Paterson, marked the day: “It’s a huge event,” he told the Associated Press. “It’s a moment in time when prohibition 2.0 is lifted.”