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Newark, New Jersey’s Central Planning Board on Tuesday approved plans by Architect Rachael Grochowski and Hashstoria to renovate a historical building in the city – the former home of engineering firm A.R. Meeker & Co and Stoutenburgh & Co. Newark Clothiers – for a cannabis consumption lounge.
Hashstoria is co-founded by Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers, and radio, tv personality, and mental health advocate Charlamagne tha God. Hashstoria currently has locations in Astoria, Gladstone, and Springfield, Oregon.
Uncertainty fueled increased opposition to permitting cannabis businesses in Somers Point, but City Council voted 5-2 to take another step toward that goal July 27.
Before the vote, solicitor Tom Smith added language to the ordinance recommending the city issue no more conditional approvals than the number of licenses it wishes to issue, raising questions about whether the city would ultimately be able to choose who receives a license.
In the fall, the township supported a proposal to open a cannabis retail store in the Rio Grande section, at a long-vacant site where a diner once stood on Route 9. The township has backed the Massachusetts-based cannabis company Insa, which has plans for a retail location but so far has not been granted a state license.
In November, the township said no to allowing a second retail site, from C3 Middle Township LLC. At that time, Mayor Tim Donohue said he expected to see litigation filed in connection to that decision.
Gloucester Township's first-ever cannabis dispensary looks to be opening to the public soon. Are residents ready for it?
It's awesome to see something taking over the old Friendly's restaurant so there's not just another vacant building on Blackwood-Clementon Road (technically Clementon), but I never thought it would be a pot store!
Daylite cannabis received approval for its annual retail license on June 1 from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission and its owner, Steve Cassidy, told 70and73.com in an interview that he expected to open by the end of June.
But the business' plans came to a screeching halt in June when Mount Laurel Township and its Police Department told Cassidy they did not approve of his security plan and that an armed security guard would be required.
At the time, there was no mention of the need for security guards in the Township cannabis ordinance.
Some recently announced Atlantic City cannabis projects:
Come the end of summer, Cape May County could see what may be its first legal cannabis dispensary open for business.
Shore House Canna LLC, located at 124 Sunset Blvd. in West Cape May, hopes to start legally selling cannabis by Labor Day — a move that would make it not only the county’s first legal dispensary, but among the first in any beach town in New Jersey, save for Atlantic City.
“We can smell the finish,” said Dave Christian, a principal with Shore House Canna.
City Council is expected to introduce a measure July 27 that would allow a cannabis retailer and a distributor to operate in Somers Point.
City Council President Janice Johnston said last week the agenda is not official but that she expects the ordinance to be on it Thursday evening.
The governing body has been discussing the idea for years, ever since voters approved a statewide referendum in November 2020 decriminalizing adult recreational use and creating a marketplace for sales and taxation. The vote was 2-1 in favor, both statewide and in the city.
Mike Davis, a reporter with the Asbury Park Press, explains how municipalities are benefiting and what the money is being spent on. “In Lawrence Township and Mercer County, their business administrator told me they’re basically able to pay for their trash collection next year just off of cannabis alone,” Davis said.