four new cannabis businesses were approved by the Jersey City Cannabis Control Board at their most recent meeting.
The Garden on Summit, Barthelemy Farms LLC, Altalune, and Retreat NJ all received enough votes to proceed forward just days before the May 15 moratorium.
Hard Grove Cafe, a restaurant that was a staple of Jersey City’s dining scene for a quarter century, has closed for good as the space prepares to be turned over to a recreational cannabis dispensary and lounge.
Over the weekend, the Cuban eatery shut down at 284 First Street. The restaurant had been a mainstay of Downtown for almost 25 years and held their last service to say goodbye to diners on March 24.
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.
With Jersey City’s Cannabis Control Board having already endorsed 41 applicants looking to set up shop as retailers, city lawmakers are now considering revising the procedures it set two years ago and then modified last year.
That prospect emerged as the City Council voted Wednesday to support two applications for the operation of cannabis businesses following a lengthy discussion at Monday’s caucus about the complexities of reviewing such applications.
Comparing the implementation of current regulations to building an airplane while trying to fly it, and voicing concerns that too much is happening too quickly for the burgeoning industry, The Jersey City Municipal Council appears to take breath when it comes to approving operations for cannabis businesses.
For this week’s meeting, the council was being asked to support applications by Green Flamingo Dispensary LLC to operate a retail cannabis business at 447 Central Ave. It has pledged to provide $7,500 to Miracle Temple Pentecostal Church for charitable endeavors.
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.
The Jersey City Cannabis Control Board has approved the applications of three retail cannabis operations, tabling two others for a later date.
The three applicants approved by the board on Oct. 17were Golden Door Dispensary in Journal Square, Kushklub NJ on Tonnelle Avenue, and Community Wellness Center of NJ, which is right under the Pulaski Skyway. The two tabled were Legacy to Lifted, which could locate on the West Side, and Lifted Vision, which could be in the Heights.
Opening the doors
The Jersey City Cannabis Control Board convened for the first time in a month on Sept. 12 to process the next round of retail cannabis applicants in the city before them.
In total, the board approved four applicants and denied three. The four approved included Aunt Mary’s in McGinley Square; Bud Space, Cream Dispensary and Cannaboutique by Greenhouse, who are all in Downtown.
The board also denied Canabee, who would’ve been located in the Heights, and two other applicants, Artistic Dispensary and Idyllx, for being too similar to each other.
In the continuing growth of the retail cannabis business in Jersey City, the council (with Councilman Rich Boggiano absent) unanimously gave their support to four retail cannabis applicants.
The four are Ufoira at 138 Griffith St. in the Heights, Jersey Leaf at 554 West Side Ave. on the West Side, Butler & Baldwin at 75 Martin Luther King Drive in Greenville, and Decades Dispensary at 404 Central Ave., also in the Heights.