The concerns were first raised just before the Jersey City Planning Board approved the application of Cannabis Place 420 Corp to operate an adult-use cannabis dispensary at 1544 Kennedy Boulevard, in close proximity to three public schools, including one just two blocks away, despite the concerns of parents and school officials.
Officials on the planning board argued that their ruling applies to requirements set up by zoning regulations the city council established last year.
Although the facility proposed for the Kennedy Boulevard site would reuse commercial space and would not allow on premise consumption, school officials argued that the location poses a risk that cannabis could find its way into the hands of minors – who are not allowed to purchase on their own.
Under city regulations, a cannabis facility cannot be within 200 feet of a school or playground. This site is further away than 200 feet.