Atlantic City to start cannabis sales as Mayor Small signs 1st license for adult recreational use

MPX New Jersey LLC will be the first recreational cannabis dispensary in Atlantic City and sales will begin on Thursday. Located at 153 S. New York Ave., MPX will open for adult use recreational cannabis sales at 11 a.m. It will be offering discounts and special promotions.

In anticipation of making Atlantic City a cannabis destination, Mayor Marty Small Sr. on Wednesday announced he signed a business license allowing MPX N.J. to operate.

“Cannabis has been a topic in Atlantic City since I was a council president, and, at the time, because I’m not a user, I was close-minded on the issue,” Small said. “But this is about the greater good in the city of Atlantic City, and that’s relief for our taxpayers. This is yet another ratable for our taxpayers. It’s a new business, it’s new construction. It’s showing that people are invested in the great city of Atlantic City. We’re being proactive about this. We have to take a chance.”

In anticipation of making Atlantic City a cannabis destination, Small formed a Cannabis Review Board consisting of Director of Constituent Services Kashawn “Kash” McKinley, Councilwoman Stephanie Marshall, Assistant City Solicitor Karl Timbers, Director of Licensing and Inspection Dale Finch, Director of Planning and Development Jacques Howard and Create 48 owner Zach Katzen.

“What got us here is not what’s going to keep us here,” McKinley said. “We have a lot of hard work to do, but this is another step in the right direction to making Atlantic City the East Coast’s cannabis hub, which is our goal. It starts with leadership, which starts with the mayor. His vision is all about setting a standard, and cannabis is no different. This is yet another platform Atlantic City can be proud of.”

“This is a monumental moment for us, not only because this is our first adult-use dispensary, but the first in Atlantic City,” MPX N.J. General Manager Janine Ratliff said. “We look forward to continuing serving Atlantic City safe, legal, quality cannabis.”

In September, city council unanimously approved an ordinance adopting a plan for a Green Zone redevelopment area that includes Atlantic and Pacific avenues from Maryland to Boston avenues, and the Orange Loop. The Green Zone encourages economic growth in this section by identifying it as a preferred area for certain cannabis sales.