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Billing themselves as a non-profit corporation dedicated to proper implementation and regulation of Hoboken’s cannabis industry, Hoboken for Responsible Cannabis Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the City of Hoboken Planning Board and Blue Violets LLC in Hudson County Superior Court.
The complaint alleges that the Planning Board had no jurisdiction to review the application for the Blue Violets dispensary and that the body violated Hoboken local ordinances by approving the application.
After narrowly securing an endorsement from the Hoboken City Council, Blue Violets LLC is one step closer towards opening what would be the city’s first-ever cannabis dispensary.
During its meeting Wednesday night, the council voted 5-4 in support of the application, which proposes a microbusiness at 628 Washington Street in an empty storefront.
During a virtual meeting Thursday night, the board OK-ed an application filed by Village Hoboken, LLC, allowing the proposal to proceed to the next step in the process — Planning Board approval.
At the meeting, only two members of the three-person board were present — Council President Michael Russo and Business Administrator Jason Freeman.
Yilung Huang, the applicant and longtime owner of Pho Nomenon, told the board that the COVID-19 pandemic “really hurt retail businesses” and that he has spent the past two years “struggling mentally and physically.”