Jersey Medicinal customers rushed to stock up, with dispensaries selling 5,400 ounces on opening dayalone

Thousands of people who lined up for the first day of legal retail sales at New Jersey’s marijuana dispensaries ended up spending around $153 apiece.

Dispensaries grossed $1.9 million from sales of weed and related products to 12,438 customers on the first sales day, April 21, according to the state cannabis commission.

Recreational marijuana sales totaled nearly $2M on first day of sales, N.J. says

More than 12,000 customers bought almost $2 million worth of recreational cannabis products on the first day of recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey last week, according to numbers the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission released Wednesday.

Twelve dispensaries reported total gross sales of nearly $1.9 million made by 12,438 customers.

Despite fears that recreational sales might threaten the supply for medicinal users, the medicinal market remained robust, with about 64,000 ounces of medicinal cannabis products dispensed to patients and their caregivers in the past month, the commission reported.

Medicinal customers hurried to stock up, with dispensaries selling 5,400 ounces alone last Wednesday, the day before the recreational market launched — more than twice the daily average for the previous month, sales figures show.

To speed the start of New Jersey’s recreational market, the cannabis commission earlier this month voted to allow 13 alternative treatment centers — dispensaries of medical marijuana — to sell recreational weed, too.

Dispensaries grossed $1.9 million from sales of weed and related products to 12,438 customers on the first sales day, April 21, according to the state cannabis commission.



Twelve of the 13 authorized sales locations were open that day, some with lines of hundreds of people. New Jersey voters approved the legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana in November 2020, and the regulatory framework took another 17 months.

Over the past 30 days, medical marijuana sales also have been brisk, with an estimated distribution of 64,000 ounces, or 4,000 pounds (1,814 kilograms), according to the commission, which regulates New Jersey’s cannabis industry.