A request by New Jersey's largest medical marijuana retailer to open a distribution center on Route 73 in Mount Laurel will be heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment on August 5.
The request comes as state residents in November will vote on the legal sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use.
Curaleaf New Jersey Inc. of Bellmawr has applied for variances to open the facility at 1315 Route 73 North, a building that now includes a Giant Fitness gym and is owned by Balducci Inc. of Haddonfield.
The medical marijuana retail business would be 355 feet from a residential area and 895 feet from a church, school, child-care center or public park. However, the business would need to be 1,000 feet from each — the primary reason Curaleaf is before the zoning board asking for a variance. It also seeks a side yard variance: the building setback is under 21 feet where 50 feet is required.