Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City Approves First Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Vanessa Vanacore

What may be viewed as a step in the right direction for recreational advocates, New Jersey’s second largest city has just approved its first medicinal pot dispensary.

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In order for recreational marijuanna sales to begin to take shape, there are still some discrepancies that need to be ironed out. For example, the commission rules state that people who are 21 and older can purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis products. This rule directly conflicts with the decriminalization law that was originally passed, which allows people to possess up to six ounces without any legal consequences.

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission has also struggled to make decisions regarding the licensing of marijuanna in the state since officially legalizing it back in November. With a deadline of Aug. 21 set by governor Phil Murphy, the commission has finally come to an agreement.

Now that the commission has regulations in place, a timeline for legal sales to begin takes shape. The board must pick a date within 180 days of August 21st for the first sales to people 21 and older.

Medical dispensaries will likely become the first places to allow recreational sales once the state gives them the green light.

Secaucus based company Harmony Foundation submitted a proposal back in April to turn the two story industrial building at 227 Coles Street into a medical dispensary. This was the space previously utilized by Moishe’s Moving Company.

227 Coles Street lies just north of the Hamilton Park neighborhood of Jersey City, where up and coming apartments like SoHo Lofts and Cast Iron also call home. The property is surrounded by two elevated highways and is considered one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Jersey City.

The plans were unanimously approved August 10th by the city’s planning board. Recently, some new details have been revealed. According to records, the space will be 16,000 square feet and will span the length of two floors. The space will also include several separate retail areas.

Sidewalks around the property will be completely replaced and new trees and parking spaces will be added. The building itself is set to be covered by five different painted murals.

Although exact details on when the dispensary will open have yet to be officially disclosed, Harmony has also recently announced plans to take over space at 95 Hudson Street in Hoboken to build the city’s first dispensary later this year.

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