Harmony Dispensary, one of New Jersey’s original six Alternative Treatment Centers, will open a flagship dispensary in Hoboken’s downtown.
The planning board approved the medical cannabis dispensary’s retail application on Aug. 4
The new state-of-the-art facility at 95 Hudson St. is two blocks from the train station. It will be Harmony’s second retail space in addition to its Secaucus headquarters.
According to the company, Harmony anticipates opening the Hoboken dispensary to medicinal cannabis customers by the end of the year.
“It’s been an intense process at both the state and Hoboken levels,” said Harmony Dispensary CEO Shaya Brodchandel. “But we’re grateful that we now have the opportunity to open our new dispensary in one of the most exciting cities on the East Coast.”
The 5,000-square-foot retail facility will be conveniently located near PATH trains, easily accessible to thousands of regional patients of the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program, and patients who pass through the city daily.
It will offer only retail sales of medicinal cannabis; no growing of cannabis plants will occur onsite, and all products will be stored in a secure location in the basement.
Only patients with a state-issued identification card that permits them to purchase medical cannabis will be served and only licensed patients will be allowed beyond the lobby.
The dispensary will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and employ roughly 20 people. An average of 280 patients is expected to visit the new dispensary.
The dispensary will operate as a retail facility only, with no consumption or smoking allowed onsite. Odors will be alleviated by sealed packaging and the use of an air filtration system.
Harmony will adaptively reuse the existing one-story building with a brick façade.
This façade was reviewed and approved by the Historic Preservation Commission on Oct. 7, 2019, and features brick and an open screen that looks into a new, planted open-sky courtyard.
Beyond the courtyard, patients will enter the dispensary in which natural materials will be incorporated, “transforming a typical retail scenario into a layered experience,” according to Harmony.
The space will “elevate the retail dispensary experience, balancing natural materials with an advanced retail workflow.”
“We take seriously our responsibility to provide relief to more patients and to share the health benefits of cannabis with a new community,” Brodchandel said.
According to the planning board, no medical cannabis products will be visible from the sidewalk or any other public place.