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When it comes to cannabis business activity in Hudson County, the action isn’t limited to Secaucus, Jersey City and Hoboken.
Municipalities such as North Bergen, West New York and Harrison are upping their legal weed game, ranging from dispensaries to other related facilities.
In North Bergen, the township could have multiple types of cannabis businesses, ranging from dispensaries to cultivation and manufacturing facilities.
The application for Kushmart at 1521 Kennedy Boulevard had been carried by the Board from its Feb. 7 meeting over concerns it was too close to another applicant, 420 Cannabis Place Corp., as reported by the Hudson County View.
Kushmart gained approval from the majority of the Board on Tuesday, Feb. 21, city officials confirmed with Daily Voice.
Assemblyman Raj Mukherji’s involvement in a cannabis dispensary plan in Hoboken is leading to allegations of unfair political influence by critics of the plan who are intent on keeping the dispensary from opening.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 on Friday to approve Harmony’s expansion into recreational sales in Secaucus. The store opened as a medical marijuana facility in June 2018.
CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown said prior to their vote that Harmony was recommended for approval after they committed to adding a point-of-sale system for medical patients only, to undergo expansions and to commit to patient access standards.
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.
On Wednesday, the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously on a resolution urging Governor Murphy and state legislators to allow certain municipalities the flexibility to generate additional local tax revenue from the sale of cannabis. Given the city's proximity and accessibility to New York City, there is the potential for a significant influx of customers from what many consider a rather dynamic marijuana market, local officials say.
While an effort to legalize marijuana in the Garden State went up in smoke earlier this year, it’s still been an eventful summer for pot in Hudson County. Just last month, we broke the news about a medical marijuana manufacturing facility that’s coming to Jersey City and now a building near Hoboken’s main transit hub could be getting a little “greener,” so to speak.
During the council’s October 17 meeting, an ordinance was introduced to amend the city’s zoning and licensing codes pertaining to possible marijuana establishments. The state legislature could vote to legalize as early as October 29, and approval would make New Jersey the tenth state in America to make recreational weed legal.
Whether Gov. Phil Murphy makes good on his promise to have the state legislature legalize recreational marijuana, it won’t matter much in Secaucus. The mayor and Town Council adopted a zoning ordinance at their Sept. 11 meeting to ban anyone from growing, processing, distributing, or selling recreational marijuana in town.
Originally up for a final vote at the Aug. 29 council, meeting, the council was forced to delay the matter because the county’s planning board had not reviewed the ordinance in time.
The ordinance would amend the town’s zoning code to prohibit selling, growing, and distributing recreational marijuana. It would not impact medical marijuana, legal in the state since 2010, nor would it impede on recreational marijuana use, should the New Jersey state legislature legalize it. Secaucus currently has one medical marijuana dispensary.