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The saga surrounding a local cannabis dispensary has escalated this week after the Hoboken non-profit, led by a council candidate, advocating against the store opening, threatened sanctions over litigation fees.
Blue Violets Cannabis Dispensary lost a court case in September against the non-profit Hoboken for Responsible Cannabis (HRC) who claimed the store's location on Washington Street was too close to schools, violating a local ordinance, and therefore is not permitted to open.
Hoboken for Responsible Cannabis, a non-profit founded to ensure the proper implementation and regulation of Hoboken’s cannabis industry, won a lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court against the City of Hoboken Planning Board and Blue Violets. HRC successfully argued that the Planning Board did not have jurisdiction to review the application for the Blue Violets dispensary which violates Hoboken’s Commonsense Cannabis ordinances.
Candidates for Hoboken City Council usually don't announce their races this early in the year, but a few residents are already gearing up for a tough battle against incumbents in November 2023.
On Monday, Liz Urtecho, who founded a local activist group called Hoboken for Responsible Cannabis, announced she will face Councilman Phil Cohen for the 5th Ward seat in fall.
Among Hoboken's six wards, the 5th covers the northwest section of town, which has been bustling with redevelopment of parks and residential areas.