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A plan to convert a vacant church into a marijuana cultivation facility has been approved by the township Planning Board.
In a marathon meeting that ended after 1 a.m. Friday, the board approved the proposal by Green Medicine NJ and GMNJ Properties to convert the former First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church at the intersection of Rock Road West and Route 518 into the cultivation facility.
Green Medicine bought the 22-acre parcel with the 29,000-square-foot empty church building for $2.45 million.
The May 17 township planning board hearing on a proposal to convert a vacant church into a facility to grow medical marijuana has been moved to the auditorium of South Hunterdon Regional High School.
The move was made because of growing public interest in the proposal by GMNJ Properties, part of Colorado-based Green Medicine, to convert the former First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church at Route 518 and Rock Road into a 30,000-square-foot cultivation facility.
Robert Montuore came to a special township committee meeting on Tuesday to see if a recreational cannabis cultivation facility would be welcome in the township.
After a presentation of his business, Essential Cannabis, the public had a chance to ask Montuore questions in the Zoom meeting and offer comments.
For more than an hour, they hammered him with questions and one comment summed up what residents thought.
"I wish you luck in finding a place far away from where I live," one resident said.
A national cultivator of medical cannabis wants to convert a vacant church into a facility to grow medicinal marijuana.
GMNJ Properties, part of Colorado-based Green Medicine, has applied to the township Planning Board to convert the former First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church at Route 518 and Rock Road into a 30,000-square-foot cultivation facility.
The application was originally expected to be heard by the Planning Board on Feb. 15 but because of a deficiency in its public notice, the hearing has been tentatively postponed until March 15.