Jersey City’s first cannabis consumer lounge planned as four more dispensaries emerge
New Jersey is poised to massively roll out marijuana businesses over the coming year, and new plans have surfaced to bring cannabis retailers to several neighborhoods in Jersey City.
New Jersey officially opened permit applications to sell legal weed in retail stores earlier this week, and Hudson County’s largest city is seeing an avalanche of businesses looking to open. Five new applications were recently submitted aimed at bringing Class 5 cannabis licenses to a diverse group of neighborhoods, including one for a drinking lounge that would replace a downtown restaurant.
A California-based company called The Perennial Group is looking to bring a business called Cream Dispensary and Lounge to the ground floor of 284 First Street. Currently home to Cuba’s favorite Hard Grove Cafe, the space would be refitted to include a ventilation system “to prevent harmful or offensive odors from escaping the premises” as part of the works.
The Perennial Group’s request included a letter of support from the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District, which manages and organizes events in the area. If all goes according to plan, the company plans to open the business at the end of 2022.
A few blocks away, another cannabis establishment called Local Mōdiv is asking to open at 155 Newark Avenue. The long-vacant property, which most recently housed a Sleep Cheap store, would be transformed into a 2,800-square-foot dispensary located along the Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza.
Local Mōdiv has already recorded a website and would be the closest cannabis dispensary to a transit center if it opened, being located just two blocks from the Grove Street PATH station.
Further west, a local business called Golden Door Dispensary hopes to open at 638 Newark Avenue off Freetown Road. This application aims to repurpose the ground floor of a law office, redo the exterior facade and add a finished courtyard to the property for employees.
Up in The Heights, a request has been filed to bring the Decades Dispensary to 404 Central Avenue. The Ewing-based company is looking to revamp the former Fit Body Boot Camp space into a retail-only dispensary along the neighborhood’s Main Street.
The fifth new cannabis application was filed by Strictly CBD at 394 Communipaw Avenue, an existing CBD store that is also looking to sell marijuana out of the storefront.
Jersey Digs announced last month that the first recreational cannabis dispensary was planned for Jersey City along Tonnelle Avenue, bringing the total number of recreational dispensary applications to six. Additionally, Harmony Foundation is in the process of opening a marijuana dispensary on a Coles Street property near Hamilton Park that is medicinal-only — for now.
The city’s planning board is expected to approve all new cannabis applications that have been submitted, as each business requests a conditional use waiver to operate as a dispensary.