Beach Haven Cannabis Dispensary Proponents State Their Case – The SandPaper

STRESSING WELLNESS: Matt Bekelja speaks during a public forum at the Beach Haven Firehouse while LBI Cannabis partners look on. The group hopes to open a combination dispensary and wellness center in the borough. (Photo by Jack Reynolds)

For the first time, business partners looking to establish a cannabis dispensary and wellness center in Beach Haven brought their message to the public. On Oct. 27 at the volunteer company firehouse,  the partners who comprise LBI Cannabis said their main purpose is to uniquely cultivate community wellness by putting cannabis business profits to good work.

“We do this by creating a new funding mechanism via cannabis business profits to pay for much-needed wellness, clinical and recovery services in our local communities,” Beach Haven resident Matt Bekelja, a communications specialist in the field of senior living, wellness and aging services and a founding partner, told the audience of about 40 people.

Other partners include his wife, Kristen Labin Bekelja of Beach Haven, a cognitive behavioral therapist; Bruce Lehrer, previous owner and operator of six Sunglass Menagerie retail locations throughout southern New

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