Cannabis Dispensary Debate In Hoboken: Applicant, Mayor Respond – Patch

HOBOKEN, NJ — After Hoboken’s relatively new Cannabis Review Board approved a non-medical dispensary Thursday and considered applications of two others, some residents who were frustrated with the approval process have posted an online petition.

Also as a result of that debate, one of the other two applicants — Blue Violets Dispensary — posted a message to the community last week about their application to open on Washington Street (see more on that below). And Mayor Ravi Bhalla has now suggested limiting dispensaries in the mile-square city.

The residents’ online petition, which had received nearly 500 signatures as of Monday morning, reads, “During the nearly five hour hearing, numerous individuals from the neighborhood immediately surrounding 14th Street and Hudson spoke out against [the application that was approved]. Shockingly, the CRB voted to approve the application prior to receiving comments from the community.”

According to the agenda for the meeting a week ago Thursday, the new applicants want to open at 51-53 Fourteenth St., 128 Washington St., and 516 Washington St.

The site at 51-53 Fourteenth St., the former Hudson Tavern restaurant at the northeast corner of town, is the one that was approved Thursday and has stirred the most controversy.

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