Who would have ever thought we’d see the day when a marijuana dealer asked for more government oversight?
That’s what’s occurring in Hoboken after one medical marijuana dispensary company sued the city planning board and a rival company over the approval process.
Terrapin Care Station, which has applied to open a dispensary on River Street, filed the 7-page lawsuit in Hudson County Superior Court Tuesday.
In the lawsuit, Terrapin claims Harmony Foundation — which has already been approved to open a shop in the city — skipped newly established municipal laws requiring applicants to appear before a marijuana review board and provide more details about how their business will function.
Those laws were approved two months before Harmony was approved by the planning board, but after its application was filed.
“We only want to open in cities that have been careful about rules and regulations,” said Peter Marcus, spokesman for Terrapin.
The planning board should have made Harmony go through the vetting process, the lawsuit said.
“Harmony is trying to backdoor their way into Hoboken,” Marcus said.
The city, which is now allowing more than one dispensary to open near the PATH station,” declined to comment.
If both dispensaries ultimately open, they will be about one block apart. Terrapin is leasing at 86 River St. while Harmony will be located at 95 Hudson St.
“We at Harmony we look forward to pursuing our plans,” said Harmony Foundation CEO Shaya Brodchanel. “It was unanimously approved by the Hoboken Planning Board.”
Harmony’s dispensary will be a satellite location from its current location in Secaucus.
In the lawsuit Terrapin alleges that Harmony does not yet have state approval for the satellite, which Hoboken requires before granting its own approval.