University sues to block marijuana store near campus in New Jersey
St. Peter’s University wants to prevent the opening of a marijuana dispensary and lounge near a new residence hall.
The Jersey Journal reported that the university was arguing in a lawsuit that the Jersey City Planning Board’s approval of the dispensary’s application violated a city code requiring a cannabis store to be at least 200 meters away. feet of a school. Saint Peter’s argues that colleges and universities should not be excluded from this requirement.
The new dorm is 65 feet from the front door of the Medusa NJ, LLC dispensary, according to Jersey Digs, a real estate news site that also reported on the lawsuit.
The university is suing both the planning board and Medusa.
People 21 and older can legally buy marijuana in New Jersey without a prescription.
The university argues in the lawsuit that the planning board failed to consider the “negative impact” of the project. Representatives from St. Peter’s argued against approval of the dispensary’s application earlier this year at a planning board hearing.
“SPU’s attorney explained the substantial negative impacts that the Medusa Cannabis Consumption Facility and Lounge would have on SPU, both on SPU’s underage student population and on the community as a whole,” wrote the university’s attorney in the lawsuit.
University President Eugene Cornacchia also expressed concerns about possible crowd control and security issues at the dispensary during a June hearing of the city’s Cannabis Control Board, according to the Hudson Reporter.