Jersey City Cannabis Control Board approves 5 dispensaries, including 1st in Ward F – Hudson County View

The Jersey City Cannabis Control Board (CCB) approved five adult-use cannabis dispensaries, including the first one in Ward F, during last night’s nearly five-hour meeting.

By Daniel Ulloa/Hudson County View

The first application was Strictly CBD, seeking to open at 394 Communipaw Ave. Their cannabis dispensary application was approved by the Planning Board in March.

Co-owner Venus Smith said she has lived in Jersey City since 2005 and their CBD establishment has been open since 2018.

“I’m one of the founders of Black Wall Street, Jersey City chapter,” she said, while co-owner Jeffrey Devine noted he worked with doctors to educate them on the merits of CBD. He also identified as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Smith mentioned that they supported the Kismet of Kings charity, while Devine pointed out that they also helped with a health fair at the Mary McCleod Bethune Center.

They also want to help other minority-owned companies get cannabis licenses, noting that start up costs aren’t easy for many.

“That’s not realistic for a mom and pop. The things in place don’t make it easy currently for people like us,” Devine said, also stating they’d like to hire some of those people

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