Verano Founder and Chief Executive Officer George Archos and Chief Operating Officer Darren Weiss Share Celebratory Comments on New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s Approval of Personal Use Cannabis Sales

CHICAGO, April 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Verano Holdings Corp. (CSE: VRNO) (OTCQX: VRNOF) (“Verano” or the “Company”), a leading multi-state cannabis company, today shared executive commentary applauding the New Jersey Cannabis Commission’s (“CRC”) approval of personal use cannabis sales in the state. Verano is the sole operator currently permitted to participate in the initial rollout of personal use sales throughout the state’s central region, and the Company looks forward to completing all final regulatory items required to commence personal use sales.

Quote from George Archos, Verano Founder and Chief Executive Officer:

“Today’s announcement is truly a monumental day for cannabis in New Jersey. The introduction of personal use sales will provide tremendous economic growth, tax revenue, and career opportunities for the benefit of countless New Jersey residents and businesses. On behalf of Verano, we are ready to welcome personal use customers alongside our valued medical patients at our New Jersey Zen Leaf dispensaries, where our attentive staff will provide compassionate care and counsel for our visitors for years to come. I’d like to thank Governor Murphy, CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown, and all the Commissioners, for their leadership in bringing this historic transition to life.”

Quote from Darren Weiss, Verano Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel:

“The approval of personal use cannabis marks a huge step forward for New Jersey, the cannabis industry, and the nation at large. Today, the state of New Jersey and its residents were the latest American citizens to see the power of their votes in favor of cannabis legalization create meaningful change, signifying another momentous step forward in righting the historical injustices that cannabis prohibition has inflicted on communities across the nation. On behalf of our Verano New Jersey team, we look forward to welcoming personal use visitors to our Zen Leaf dispensaries.”

Verano’s New Jersey footprint consists of three cannabis dispensaries operated under the Company’s flagship Zen Leaf brand in Elizabeth (117 Spring St), Lawrence Township (3256 Brunswick Pike), and Neptune Township (2100 Route 66), along with a state-of-the-art, 120,000 square foot cultivation and processing facility in Branchburg. Nationally, the Company’s active operations span 13 states, comprised of 95 dispensaries and 12 cultivation and processing facilities with more than 1 million square feet of cultivation capacity.

Verano offers a wide range of premium cannabis products sold at its Zen Leaf New Jersey Locations, including concentrates, edibles, vaporizers and flower. Customers may pre-order online at for same day, in-store pick up. Business hours at Zen Leaf’s Elizabeth and Lawrence Township locations are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Business hours for Zen Leaf Neptune Township are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

About Verano
Verano is a leading, vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis operator in the U.S., devoted to the ongoing improvement of communal wellness by providing responsible access to regulated cannabis products. With a mission to address vital health and wellness needs, Verano produces a comprehensive suite of premium, innovative cannabis products sold under its trusted portfolio of consumer brands, including Verano, Avexia, Encore, and MÜV. Verano’s portfolio encompasses 15 U.S. states, with active operations in 13, including 12 production facilities comprising over 1,000,000 square feet of cultivation capacity. Verano designs, builds, and operates dispensaries under retail brands including Zen Leaf and MÜV, delivering a superior cannabis shopping experience in both medical and adult-use markets. Learn more at

Julianna Paterra, CFA
Director, Investor Relations

Steve Mazeika
Director, Communications

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