Hoboken Planning Board to determine whether dispensary should be grandfathered into old rules - world cultures

Hoboken Planning Board to determine whether dispensary should be grandfathered into old rules



The burgeoning cannabis industry is once again testing Hoboken officials trying to meticulously balance community concerns with city and state laws.

The fate of one potential dispensary will be decided, at least in part, at a planning board meeting in Hoboken Thursday where officials are expected to say whether it can legally proceed, given changes to the city’s cannabis regulations.

City residents opposed to the proposed clinic site say they will be watching closely.

The application in question, Blue Violets, was planned for a Washington Street storefront on the same block as Benny Tudino’s and O’Bagel.

Husband and wife owners Lauren Chang Thompson and Max Thomson Submit their application to the Cannabis Review Board Before the city ages 600 feet, A radius of without dispensaries around schools and early childhood education centers.

Their application has been submitted, but will be denied under the new restrictions due to its proximity to Hoboken Charter School and All Saints Episcopal Day School.

The question now is whether their application to the Planning Board will be disqualified because it has been submitted A day after the new 600-foot base entered into force.

After receiving a letter from resident Elizabeth Orticho and council members Tiffany Fisher and Jane Giattino, the Planning Board deemed the application incomplete in June to allow time for a review of the legal situation.

“It gives me plenty of time to research, and hopefully we can take care of this minimal problem in this forum rather than trying to take care of it in a public forum, which would be much more stressful and much more difficult,” the board members said. Attorney Scott Carlson at the June meeting.

In a 17-page letter Blue Violets’ attorney submitted to the board, he said the application should be submitted for a variety of reasons, including timely submission to the Cannabis Review Board.

Max Thompson said he hopes to go to a meeting on Thursday.

“We recognize that for some people, legalized and regulated cannabis is still new,” he said. “We just hope that if we succeed after all this, these people will give us a chance to show that we’re not so bad, that we have so much more to offer.”

Blue Violets is the second dispensary to face a public campaign of shock, and now raises the question of how many applicants in the emerging industry will face such efforts.

Urtecho has also spoken out against the Story Infirmary, which is planned on 14th Street and Hudson Street, and the two dispensaries are facing online petitions.

The Thompsons family consider themselves members of the community who will be in their Blue Violets store every day. They did some community outreach to try to win over the neighbors as the city reacted to the story by enacting stricter restrictions on dispensaries.

Urtecho said she’s good at their business plan, not just the location near her child’s school.

“If it ends tomorrow, if they decide it can’t go forward, the schools can take a deep breath and we won’t have to go through everything we need to do for the next stage,” she said.

And while she will continue to fight the story dispensary, she said she will not fight every dispensary trying to come into town.

She said the Jersey Joint, for example, which is also under full review tomorrow, is at what it considers a smart location for a dispensary at 14 and Grand Streets. The Harmony and Terrapin dispensaries are suitable for the commercial area near Bath Station.

“I don’t walk around complaining about every dispensary that comes here unless of course it doesn’t make sense or if there is a major safety issue,” she said.


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