NORTH BRUNSWICK – The township’s first medical marijuana dispensary will be opening on Route 1.
Garden State Botanicals’ proposal to convert a 2,400-square-foot space at a shopping center at 1345-1471 Route 1 southbound was approved by the township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment last month.
The dispensary will be in the North Oaks Plaza, commonly known as the Raymour & Flanigan shopping center, adjacent to North Oaks Boulevard.
The dispensary is expected to be between WindowRama and Dunkin’, in the space currently occupied by Halal Boys, according to the township.
Last year, the township established regulations for licensed marijuana facilities to operate in the strip mall. The ordinance established the Cannabis Route 1 Corridor Overlay Zone where Class 5 retail and Class 6 delivery cannabis establishments, without cannabis consumption areas, can open.
The dispensary was approved by a 6-1 vote. Board member Joe Policastro cast the lone dissenting vote.
A use variance was needed because while the zoning allows a recreational marijuana store, a medical marijuana dispensary is not permitted.
The dispensary is only allowed to sell to individuals who have a state-approved medical marijuana card, Thomas Murzenski, vice president of operations for Garden State Botanicals, said.
Murzenski said Garden State Botanicals signed into a lease with the landlord,