Court Rules Hoboken's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Needs Further Review – Jersey Digs

A competing company filed suit looking to overturn Harmony’s approvals in Hoboken. Rendering courtesy of Nastasi Architects.

Residents of the Mile Square City will be waiting a little longer for their first pot dispensary following a partially successful lawsuit that was looking to void already granted approvals.

Last summer, Jersey Digs was the first news outlet to report on a medical marijuana facility slated to be Hoboken’s initial dispensary. A plan from Secaucus-based Harmony Dispensary looked to transform 5,000 square feet of ground-floor space at 95 Hudson Street and was approved by the city’s planning board in August 2020.

Colorado-based Terrapin announced their intentions the following month to open their own dispensary just a block away at 86 River Street. The company signed a 10-year lease at the 3,500-square-foot property and partnered on the endeavor with Joseph Castelo, who co-owns Antique Bar & Bakery and Antique Loft.

Terrapin filed a lawsuit shortly thereafter claiming that Harmony never submitted an application to Hoboken’s Medical Cannabis Review Board as part of their application. Under regulations established last June, prospective dispensaries have to submit a “favorable report” amid other requirements before opening.

Terrapin has proposed their facility about a block away from Harmony at 86 River Street. Rendering courtesy of MVMK Architecture.

Hudson County Judge Marybeth Rogers granted part of what Terrapin was asking last week, ruling that Harmony must seek approval from the city’s Medical Cannabis Review Board to move their dispensary forward. Terrapin was also looking to void Harmony’s planning board authorizations, but Rogers ruled that those approvals “shall remain in full effect.”

“We’ve maintained all along that we were filing this lawsuit in the public health, safety, and community interest of the people of Hoboken,” said Chris Woods, owner and founder of Terrapin. “The Review Board was established to bring accountability

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