New Jersey’s First Service-Disabled Veteran And Latino-Owned Cannabis Dispensary Opens In Jersey City


Press conference and ribbon cutting with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360: Nov. 9, 11 a.m. ET, 1542 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City.

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via IBN —  The Cannabis Place announces the grand opening of its New Jersey flagship dispensary location this Thursday at 4:20 p.m. ET in Jersey City.

“We picked this week to open because it’s symbolic in many ways: I am an Iraq veteran; we have the Marine Corps birthday and Veterans Day, so opening Jersey City’s first service-disabled, veteran-owned business makes this week even more special to us and our team,” said The Cannabis Place founder and CEO Osbert Orduña.


Recently, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360, in partnership with The Cannabis Place, announced the completion of the country’s first-ever cannabis retail pre-apprenticeship training program. Held at The Cannabis Place’s community impact room adjacent to its dispensary in Jersey City, nearly two dozen local students learned the basics of working in a cannabis retail environment from UFCW Local 360’s experts. Every participant, after completing the two-week course, has now started their journey to a unionized cannabis dispensary career with The Cannabis Place.

“We are a partner with our local community,” said Orduña. “That means running an ethical, pro-union company and boosting the prospects and prosperity of our neighbors. The Cannabis Place does that and is living proof that workforce investment equals immediate positive community impact. People now have opportunities for union careers here, no one was bringing this opportunity to the south side of Jersey City: I am proud to say that we are leading by example. People deserve an opportunity, whatever their background and skill level, and regardless of their history.”

Hugh Giordano, director of organizing at UFCW Local 360, said: “No one has done this before. We have a visionary employer harnessing our unmatched cannabis industry expertise to train ambitious, local, but often overlooked talent. It’s a scalable and repeatable model that delivers great value for employees, owners and consumers. The best employers recognize the enormous untapped pool of amazing talent out there. Programs like this help attract that talent and release its potential.”   

Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation and The Cannabis Place is demonstrating that responsible corporations can ensure the benefits of its growth accrue equitably. That includes building pathways to family-sustaining careers with a special focus on marginalized communities, veterans and those who suffered during the failed war on drugs.

The Cannabis Place was founded by CEO Osbert Orduña, a first-generation Latino American of Colombian descent, who grew up in New York City public housing, where he was stopped and frisked for the first time when just 13 years old. He was the first person in his family to go to college and earned his service-disabled veteran designation while deployed in Iraq. He is putting his U.S. Marine Corps experience, his life experience and his unique perspective to work as a model for other professionals to follow in the licensed cannabis industry.

From seed to sale, UFCW is a national leader in organizing cannabis industry employees. The AFL-CIO’s designated cannabis labor union, UFCW works with employees and business owners to create a successful, regulated cannabis industry that delivers family-sustaining jobs and is focused on social equity.


About United Food and Commercial Workers:
The UFCW International Union represents over 1.3 million hardworking families across the U.S. and Canada. These members work in essential industries such as Retail, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Transportation, the Public Sector and Cannabis. More at

About The Cannabis Place:
The Cannabis Place is a licensed adult-use dispensary operator in New Jersey and is also a licensed adult-use dispensary operator in New York, where it runs the state’s largest licensed cannabis “free-delivery” service covering all of New York City, Long Island and Westchester.  Before its launch, CEO and founder Osbert Orduña visited dispensaries across the country to develop his model for a new kind of cannabis company, which puts people over profits.
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The Cannabis Place CEO and founder Osbert Orduña can be reached directly for media interviews at 631-836-4909 or via email at [email protected]

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