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North Bergen supports cannabis manufacturer application

The facility known as Alb Labs would be located at 2011 8th Street off of Tonnelle Avenue

Township Administrator Janet Castro described the application review process by North Bergen's cannabis committee in March. Photo by Daniel Israel.

North Bergen has made formal its support for a cannabis manufacturer in the township.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners voted to approve a resolution of support for the planned facility at the June 22 meeting. The township had previously adopted ordinances permitting a limited number of cannabis businesses to be located in the township.

The township’s Cannabis Committee receives and reviews applications by cannabis businesses seeking to operate in the township, and to make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners as to whether proposed cannabis businesses should be approved at a local level. The committee is composed of Township Administrator Janet Castro, Chief of Police Peter Fasilis, and Director of Community Improvement Pete Hammer.

Any cannabis business needs local support for a license to operate before it can seek state support, both of which are required before opening. As such, the Cannabis Committee recommended that the Board of Commissioners approve a resolution of support for Alb Labs, LLC, doing business as Alb Labs.

Alb Labs would be located at 2011 8th Street off of Tonnelle Avenue. The use and location are in line with the township’s zoning and cannabis ordinances, the resolution states.

The facility would be a Class 2 cannabis manufacturer location, which would see the purchase of cannabis to be manufactured, prepared, and packaged into cannabis products. The manufacturer would then be able sell the products to other cannabis manufacturers, as well as wholesalers, and retailers, but not to consumers directly.

‘Downtown manufacturing facility’

According to the resolution, Alb Labs must continuously comply by the township’s ordinances or they could face the withdrawal of the resolution of support and the revocation of their local license. At the meeting, Township Administrator Janet Castro confirmed the resolution of support was for a manufacturing facility “in the downtown area.”

“What we issued today was a resolution of support,” Castro later told the Hudson Reporter on June 22. “It’s conditional based on the state’s approval.”

Previously, the township had passed similar resolutions in support of two dispensaries, Daily Muse at 6901 Tonnelle Avenue, and Green House Apothecary at 1600 Tonnelle Avenue. This is in line with the township’s ordinances capping retail cannabis establishments at two, with one north of 43rd Street and the other south of it.

However, there has not been any movement on those applications yet. They are likely still pending state approval, according to Castro. Then the applicants would return to the township work out the final details with both them and the state.

“They have not returned to us, so I’m going to assume they have not received their approval from the state yet,” Castro said. “Because if they did, we would have heard from them at this point.”

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