Terrapin filed a lawsuit shortly thereafter claiming that Harmony never submitted an application to Hoboken’s Medical Cannabis Review Board as part of their application. Under regulations established last June, prospective dispensaries have to submit a “favorable report” amid other requirements before opening.
Hudson County Judge Marybeth Rogers granted part of what Terrapin was asking last week, ruling that Harmony must seek approval from the city’s Medical Cannabis Review Board to move their dispensary forward. Terrapin was also looking to void Harmony’s planning board authorizations, but Rogers ruled that those approvals “shall remain in full effect.”
“We’ve maintained all along that we were filing this lawsuit in the public health, safety, and community interest of the people of Hoboken,” said Chris Woods, owner and founder of Terrapin. “The Review Board was established to bring accountability and transparency. If there is nothing to hide, then all companies should welcome the opportunity to formally introduce themselves to the people of this city and answer any questions they may have.”
Terrapin will be heading before the Medical Cannabis Review Board during their March 31 meeting. It is not clear when Harmony’s application will be heard by the board, but CEO Shaya Brodchandel assures the project is still moving forward.