Curaleaf dispensary, Edgewater Park (courtesy Curaleaf)
Curaleaf dispensary in summer 2021, before opening in Edgewater Park (courtesy Curaleaf)
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UPDATE, May 2: Curaleaf’s Burlington County location in Edgewater Park has been delayed in launching adult-use sales due to available parking resources, according to township officials.

TRENTON – One of the 13 marijuana dispensaries authorized to expand to adult-use recreational sales didn't start Thursday as planned, though the delay was expected to be just one day.

Curaleaf’s location on Route 130 in Edgewater Park in Burlington County was crossed off the list on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission website without explanation Wednesday night.

The dispensary will open Friday, said Curaleaf regional director of public relations Stephanie Cunha.

"It’s confirmed," Cunha said via email. "There was a local municipal approval we needed and it has been granted and we are approved for sales tomorrow."

Curaleaf did open in Bellmawr. Whatever happened to delay the Edgewater Park opening was a last-minute issue. The company’s U.S. president, Matt Darin, said in an interview Monday that the openings were on track for two of its dispensaries – excluding the one in Bordentown, where zoning approvals are still pending.

“We are ready,” Darin said. “We’ve been preparing for quite some time and really looking forward to being able to launch adult-use on Thursday.”

Dispensaries around New Jersey that are approved for recreational sales are in Bellmawr, Bloomfield, Deptford, Edgewater Park, Egg Harbor Township, Elizabeth, Lawrence, Maplewood, Paterson, Phillipsburg, Rochelle Park, Vineland and Williamstown.

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Existing medical dispensaries that will not have recreational sales, at least initially, are in Atlantic City, Bordentown, Cranbury, Eatontown, Montclair, Neptune, Paramus, Secaucus, Union and Woodbridge.

Michael Symons is the Statehouse bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at michael.symons@townsquaremedia.com

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From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
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