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The Hoboken City Council paved the way on Wednesday for the opening of a cannabis dispensary at 1427 Grand Street.
Originally approved by the Hoboken Cannabis Review Board in May 2022 and later by the Hoboken Planning Board, The Jersey Joint garnered the support of the Hoboken City Council with about three minutes of deliberation.
This swift process is in contrast to the five contentious, hours-long Hoboken Planning Board hearings, and a lawsuit, related to the proposed Story dispensary seeking to open at the old Hudson Tavern location at 51-53 14th Street.
A second adult-use cannabis dispensary gained Hoboken Planning Board approval Thursday night.
The store called Jersey Joint would be located in the northwestern section of the city, representing a different business approach than the approved dispensary for Washington Street and the medical-use facilities planned near the Hoboken Terminal.
After the unanimous vote, Jersey Joint now only needs the City Council to sign off before it heads to the state for approval.
The controversial application from Story Dispensary to open a recreational cannabis dispensary in Hoboken was to be discussed at a Planning Board meeting Monday night, Sept. 19, after being continued from the Aug. 11 meeting.
Now that cannabis dispensaries are allowed in Hoboken, several such businesses have applied to open in the mile-square city, both for medical and recreational use.
Dispensaries must get the approval of the state, the city's Cannabis Review Board, and the local Planning Board.
A recreational dispensary officially has Hoboken Planning Board approval — and it’s not the one that has had hearings on three separate occasions.
Blue Violets, proposed for 628 Washington St., was approved by unanimous vote Thursday night at its first and only public hearing, proved that dispensaries can make it through Planning Board approval within a few hours.
After securing approval from the Hoboken Planning Board, Blue Violets LLC is one step closer towards opening what would be the city’s first-ever cannabis dispensary.
During its meeting Thursday night, the board unanimously supported the application, which proposes a microbusiness at 628 Washington Street in an empty storefront that used to be a Brazilian wax parlor.
After undergoing completeness reviews Thursday night, two applications are ready to be heard by the full Planning Board, according to the boards subdivision and site plan committee.
The following were deemed complete:
- Blue Violets LLC: microbusiness in a vacant storefront at 628 Washington Street
- Jersey Joint LLC: 3,700-square-foot facility at 1427 Grand Street.
The applications were granted conditional approvals by the citys Cannabis Review Board this past spring.
The Hoboken Planning Board allowed the Blue Violets cannabis dispensary application to proceed to a public hearing at its meeting Thursday, marking a victory for owners who are trying to overcome some community opposition.
The micro-dispensary planned for 628 Washington St. has faced questions of legality due to its proximity to two schools — Hoboken Charter School and All Saints Episcopal Day School — and the timing of its application submissions.
The company Terrapin on Tuesday night received state approval to open its long awaited medical marijuana dispensary in Hoboken, around the corner from the Hoboken train station.
The approval from the state's New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission was the last step in the process allowing Terrapin to open in the city. The Hoboken Planning Board had approved the project in October.
Terrapin has partnered in the location with Joseph Castelo, a Hoboken resident, filmmaker, and co-owner of Antique Bar and Bakery, in the venture.
The decision could put two competing dispensaries just a block apart in the city. The state only has 15 medical marijuana dispensaries currently. Some are more than an hour away from a competitor.
Terrapin, which has dispensaries in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Colorado, sued the Hoboken Planning Board and Harmony last fall. It claimed Harmony lacked valid approval because it bypassed a newer municipal law requiring applicants to come before the review board.
Terrapin, who have proposed their facility about a block away at 86 River Street, filed a lawsuit on September 22 in Hudson county court looking to overturn Harmony’s approvals. Named in the case are Hoboken’s planning board, SBRE Realty Management, and Harmony Foundation.