Weed Wars In Hoboken: Which Marijuana Dispensary Will Open First? – Hoboken, NJ Patch


HOBOKEN, NJ — A Secaucus-based company called Harmony Dispensary expects to open a marijuana dispensary near the Hoboken train station by the end of the calendar year, but two other companies hope to come to that area as well — and now, one is suing the other.

Law 360 reported on Sept. 24 that Terrapin, a cannabis company that also wants to open a dispensary near the train station, is accusing Harmony of “bypassing New Jersey’s vetting process” and is “asking a court to revoke Harmony’s application or force the company to be evaluated.”

Terrapin and Harmony’s sites would be a block from each other. Terrapin, which first announced its intentions in a press release Sept. 2, hopes to open at 86 River St. This is a block from the proposed Harmony site at 93-95 Hudson St.

Under New Jersey’s Compassionate Care Act, marijuana restrictions were revised last year, allowing greater access to “alternative medical treatment facilities.”

Harmony Dispensary, which has a headquarters in Secaucus, N.J., applied for the retail-only Hoboken site in 2018 after new regulations allowed existing licensed alternative medical treatment facilities to open “satellite” locations.

The Planning Board approved Harmony’s proposal in August.

The location will offer prescription pickup and delivery, but will not allow use or cultivation on the premises.

Terrapin said in their Sept. 2 press release that they are a minority-owned business that has spent three years working on community support and partnerships.

They have partnered with groups like Women Rising, a Jersey City-based nonprofit that assists women and families in North Jersey with counseling, economic development, and advocacy, and Oasis, a Paterson-based haven for women and children.

“As always, Terrapin is focused on planting local roots,” said Chris Woods, the founder, owner and CEO of Terrapin.

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