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The first adult-use marijuana store may be opening in downtown High Bridge.
Who and where
The Midori Leaf at 24 Main St.
Midori Leaf wants to open a retail cannabis microbusiness on the property which also has frontage on Center Street. There is also a proposed apartment on the second floor. The plan also calls for off-street parking, walkways and signage.
The proposal is scheduled to be heard by the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at the High Bridge Fire Department, 7 Maryland Ave.
Woodmeier Farms, on Rock Road West, also named Green Medicine NJ in the lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Hunterdon County. Green Medicine NJ received Planning Board approval in July to convert the former First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church into a 30,000-square-foot cultivation facility at the intersection of Rock Road West and Route 518.
Residents of Frenchtown, a New Jersey borough by the Delaware River, will gather soon to talk about marijuana.
New Jersey residents voted in 2020 to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Frenchtown supported that move, with 76.5% of borough voters in favor, according to the Frenchtown website.
After the vote, towns were left to figure out how to deal with the impact of marijuana businesses.
Medical marijuana has helped Sarah Trent immensely with her anxiety and sleep but finding a dispensary nearby was an issue.
"Medical patients where I live in Morris County have to drive over 45 minutes to get medicine," said Trent, a Morristown resident and Princeton graduate.
Trent is opening Valley Wellness at 405 Route 202 North in Raritan near the Somerville Circle. She is sharing a building with the appliance store Uneeda.
Nearly a year since the state Department of Environmental Protection fined the operator of a marijuana grow facility on Route 22, the site is fully operational with odor-control systems in place.
But some neighboring residents say the smell of "skunk" persists and still causes issues.
Brenda Omilian, who has lived in Readington her entire life, gathered a petition with more than 100 signatures in protest of the Verano Holdings Cannabis Grow Facility and gave it to the township, but she said "they never responded."
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.
Traffic, environmental concerns, security, odors. These concerns topped the list when over 200 residents of Alexandria Township, a rural community in Hunterdon County, attended a Township Committee meeting Dec. 8 to voice concerns about a proposed medical marijuana facility.
A second medical marijuana dispensary will be coming to the county seat.
The Borough Council on Monday passed a resolution supporting McGraw Holdings New Jersey LLC's plan to open at 26 Stangl Road.
Drew Peloso, co-owner of the company with his wife Stephanie, said the company scored sixth out of the 109 applicants in the latest round of dispensary licenses granted last week.
The commission awarded licenses to 30 dispensaries, 10 each in the central, northern and southern regions of New Jersey.
Hunterdon County's first medical marijuana dispensary could open in three to four months in a shopping center off the Flemington Circle.
Altus New Jersey has been granted a permit by the state's Cannabis Regulatory Commission to open the dispensary at The Shoppes at Flemington off the circle.
Altus received the highest score in the state among permit applicants, Jonathan Goldrath, one of the company's principals told the Borough Council.
"We're really excited to bring our business to Flemington," he said.
“Legalization is about racial justice,” said Amol Sinha, executive director of the ACLU in New Jersey.
Despite growing public support for the legalized use of recreational marijuana, arrests in New Jersey have increased in recent years, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2017, the state reportedly had more arrests of Blacks users of the plant, and at higher rates, than almost every other state.