With Jersey City’s Cannabis Control Board having already endorsed 41 applicants looking to set up shop as retailers, city lawmakers are now considering revising the procedures it set two years ago and then modified last year.
That prospect emerged as the City Council voted Wednesday to support two applications for the operation of cannabis businesses following a lengthy discussion at Monday’s caucus about the complexities of reviewing such applications.
Strictly CBD LLC, headed by Jeffrey Devine and Venus Smith, propose to dispense the product out of 394 Communipaw Ave. (formerly Rainbow Kids) in the Morris Canal redevelopment zone and JC Element LLC, whose partners are Rafael Corona and Kushan Patel, plan to run a similar enterprise from 365 Central Ave.—within the Heights central business district.
Strictly CBD has pledged to donate $10,000 of its annual profits to the nonprofit Community Treasures and an additional $10,000 to Kismet of Kings. JC Element has agreed to provide $2,500 of its first-year proceeds to the nonprofit Anti-Violence Coalition of Hudson County and an equal amount to Hogar Crea, an anti-drug nonprofit.
Both applications were approved Wednesday.