Hoboken Planning Board meeting on cannabis dispensary ends on cliffhanger – The Hudson Reporter

Arron Epstein, one of the business partners of Story Dispensary, is questioned by Tom Brennan, the former owner of the Hudson Tavern where Story could be. Photo by Mark Koosau.

A Hoboken Planning Board meeting to hear a controversial recreational cannabis application ended on a cliffhanger Thursday night, when the evening got late due to the number of residents who wanted to tell the board how they felt about the proposal.

The applicants were moved to another meeting in August.

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The board had heard Story Dispensary, who want to open a recreational dispensary at the site of the former Hudson Tavern in northeast Hoboken. Story has been met with criticism since their initial cannabis board hearing back in February over how a dispensary would affect the neighborhood there.

Since then, multiple council members led by Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, who represents the 2nd Ward where the dispensary might be, have called on the applicants to withdraw their application. The condo owners living above the former tavern have also sued to stop them, alleging they were misled in the creation of it.

Despite the backlash and the ongoing litigation, Story pushed forward

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