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With a more welcoming council set to take office July 1, Canopy Crossroad now appears to have a clearer path to opening next door to Red Bank Liquors, though hurdles remain.
Owned by Andy Zeitlin and Caryn Cohen of Middletown, Canopy Crossroad won approval of its conditional-use application for 9 West Street on an 8-1 board vote. Only board member Juanita Lewis, a former council member, voted no; she offered no comments during the hearing.
Andy Zeitlin and Caryn Cohen, a Middletown husband and wife team and owners of Canopy Crossroads, LLC, will continue their application to open a cannabis retail outlet at 9 West Street, in an empty building adjoining Red Bank Liquors.
At a May 1 Planning Board meeting, several comments from the public focused on the location of the retail cannabis store, near the Red Bank Charter School that is within 1,000 feet of the proposed store.
A cannabis retailer is eyeing the vacant store at 9 West St. next to Red Bank Liquors in the midst of a borough debate on whether or not to further restrict cannabis businesses.
The company, Canopy Crossroad LLC, is headed by the couple Andy Zeitlin, a chemist who was a founding member of the pharmaceutical company Celgene Corp., and Caryn Cohen, a marketing executive who has a medical marijuana card.
New store would be a 'microbusiness'
The Red Bank Planning Board will hold their regular meeting tonight, May 7, 7:00pm, at Borough Hall, 90 Monmouth Street.
The single agenda item is a conditional use, site plan approval and bulk variances being sought by Canopy Crossroads, LLC.
Middletown husband and wife owners Andy Zeitlin and Caryn Cohen are continuing their plan on opening up a cannabis retail outlet at 9 West Street, presently occupied by Red Bank Liquors.
The would-be marijuana shop, owned by husband-and-wife Andy Zeitlin and Caryn Cohen of Middletown, holds a conditional license from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission. Under the borough’s 2021 cannabis zoning law, which is still in effect, the business also obtained a resolution from the town council attesting that the issuance of a license by the state “would not exceed any municipally-imposed limit.”
The proposed changes, which include a ban on marijuana retailing within 1,000 feet of schools, “please no one,” but must be adopted, their lead sponsor told a sharply divided audience at a special legislative session.
The proposed zoning would kill a plan by Andy Zeitlin and Caryn Cohen, below, to open a dispensary next to a liquor store on West Street, above. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
On the agenda for the special session was a proposed overhaul of the 2021 zoning law to limit where cannabis businesses, from cultivation to retail sales, can operate.
Potential marijuana business owners were not happy after the Borough Council voted to introduce ordinances that would further restrict where cannabis businesses can be established and create a process for reviewing and approving such businesses.
The proposed changes drew alarm from multiple business owners, such as Caryn Cohen and Andy Zeitlin with Canopy Crossroads, who applied for a conditional license from the state immediately when applications were open. The couple said they hoped to open a boutique cannabis store near Red Bank Liquors.
Now, with New Jersey legalizing cannabis for recreational use, Cohen and her husband Andy Zeitlin are hoping to open a cannabis store with two other couples at 9 West Street next to Red Bank Liquors.
They are one of four businesses that have asked the borough council to pass resolutions stating their potential retail cannabis business would be allowed by local laws.