Jersey City approves its first medical cannabis dispensary

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Approved: Harmony Dispensary will move a 16,000 square foot outpost to an industrial building at 227 Coles Street. Photo via Google Maps / Street View.

While recreational marijuana sales remain in legal limbo across the Garden State, New Jersey’s second largest city has given the go-ahead for its first medical cannabis dispensary.

Jersey Digs released the news about Jersey City’s groundbreaking medical cannabis dispensary back in April. The Secaucus-based Harmony Foundation has submitted an application to renovate a two-story industrial building at 227 Coles Street that was previously used by Moishe’s Moving.

The city’s planning committee unanimously approved the plans during their August 10th meeting, and some new details were announced about the project. The New York design firm Wolfgang & Hite worked on the plans for the 16,000 square meter space, which will extend over two floors and include several separate retail areas.

Harmony Dispensary 227 Coles Street Jersey City ExteriorHarmony Dispensary’s plans to renovate 227 Coles Street. Rendering on application to the City of Jersey City.

In the adjacent parking lot, Harmony is providing 17 customer parking spaces and in the course of the work 10 new street trees will be planted. The walkways around the property will be completely replaced and the building itself will be primed and painted with five different murals.

Harmony Dispensary 227 Coles Street Jersey City Murals PatternProposed murals for Harmony Dispensary at 227 Coles Street. Samples on application to the City of Jersey City.

The planning committee granted Harmony a “c” deviation from the existing zoning for a condition related to a charge request. The Coles Street property is north of Hamilton Park and is surrounded by two elevated streets, with the north neighborhood being one of the fastest growing areas in Jersey City.

Harmony has not indicated when their Jersey City location could open, but their presence in Hudson County is undoubtedly expanding. The company is currently refurbishing its premises at 95 Hudson Street in Hoboken, which is slated to be the city’s first pharmacy when it opens later this year.

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