After a marathon six hour meeting on Story Dispensary’s seemingly never ending quest to get the Hoboken Planning Board’s approval, the session ended the same way it has over the past three months: getting carried due to sheer length of the meeting.
Story, who are seeking to create a retail cannabis store in the site of the former Hudson Tavern, have been met with controversy ever since they came before the city’s Cannabis Review Board in February over some resident’s concerns on how a cannabis store would affect the neighborhood.
Although they got the cannabis board’s approval at the time, Story has been dragged through multiple meetings before the Planning Board since June, mainly due to the sheer number of questions they’ve been peppered with that causes the meetings to go late and be adjourned until next time.
In a similar routine from before, John McDonough, a professional planner, faced cross-examination and numerous public questions. Photo by Mark Koosau.
The controversy has since then sparked broader conversations about cannabis as a