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The Board of Commissioners and the Planning Board have prohibited recreational cannabis establishments.
Mayor Brian Stack, who is also a State Senator for the 33rd Legislative District, which included Union City, defended the decision when the ordinances were introduced in April, despite voting in favor of the legislation legalizing recreational cannabis in New Jersey in the state senate.
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.
Harmony Foundation’s proposal to build a medical marijuana facility on Route 94 in Lafayette is on hold until the land purchase is completed. In late May, Lafayette’s land use board approved a 30,000-plus-square-foot addition to the facility on the site plan. “As far as I know, Harmony hasn’t yet closed on the property yet,” said land use secretary Stephanie Pizzulo. Harmony Foundation is based in Secaucus, N.J., and has a dispensary there.
Contactless, curb-side pickup
The dispensary has shifted from indoor transactions to serving patients without direct contact.
“Since the pandemic, we’ve instituted a contactless curbside pickup system to protect the patients and the staff,” Marko said. “Patients now submit their orders online, and we prepare them the day before their scheduled appointment.”
An employee is stationed outside with a mask, gloves, and a basket used to carry a patients’ payment method and medical marijuana card before receiving their orders.
A New Jersey dispensary has a special gift for veterans in the lead up to Memorial Day. Harmony, a medical marijuana dispensary in Secaucus, is honoring a local veteran and cannabis activist, Leo Bridgewater, with a new strain developed with military vets in mind, named Bridge H2O. Bridgewater has been a vocal advocate for cannabis legalization and was instrumental in helping New Jersey recognize the substantial benefits of medical cannabis.
Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus has given cannabis activist Leo Bridgewater the ultimate industry nod: They named their newest strain after him.
Tee Franklin drove two hours earlier this week from Lumberton to Secaucus to pick up her prescription of medical marijuana from Harmony Dispensary.
But when she got there, she said, a long line of cars, each with a patient waiting their turn in line, greeted her. As an immunocompromised person battling chronic pain, the crowds worried her.
She’s not alone.
The city’s planning board will consider an application for a medical marijuana dispensary downtown next week.
Harmony Foundation, a Secaucus-based dispensary, applied to the planning board last year after Gov. Phil Murphy enacted reforms allowing dispensaries to open satellite locations.
The 5,000-square-foot location at 95 Hudson Ave. would be Harmony’s second dispensary after its headquarters at 600 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus. If approved, it will be the 10th dispensary in the state and the second in Hudson County, according to the state Department of Health.
Earlier this month, Harmony Foundation submitted an application to the city's planning board to build out space at 95 Hudson Street into a "state-approved medical cannabis dispensary." It would be their second alternative treatment center in the state, Jersey Digs reported.
The retail dispensary area would occupy 1,168 square feet in the middle of the building, while the rear of the property would consist of a 1,124-square-foot "lounge" dedicated to on-site consumption, Jersey Digs reported. (Read the full article)
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.