Jersey City’s the sky’s the limit policy on marijuana dispensaries is suddenly meeting with resistance in the Heights, where residents are concerned about issues ranging from teen smoking to aesthetics.
As of March 13, the city’s Cannabis Control Board has approved 44 marijuana dispensaries including a disproportionate number — 14 — in Ward D.
Jersey City’s cannabis market is slowly taking shape, but the predominantly Black and Hispanic Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood is being left behind, a quarterly report from the Cannabis Control Board revealed.
The first quarterly report issued by the city’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) says 23 cannabis retailers have been approved, with 78% being minority-owned. But out of those 18 businesses, only five are Black-owned and another five are Hispanic-owned.