Hoboken Approves Second Medical Cannabis Pharmacy Near PATH Station


Approved: Terrapin, Colorado-based medical cannabis dispensary, will open a new outpost in the Riverview Historical Plaza building at 86 River Street. Rendering courtesy of MVMK Architects.

It appears that Hoboken will actually get a “green district” as local officials signed a plan that would allow a Colorado-based company to open another medical marijuana facility.

Earlier this month, the Hoboken Planning Committee approved an application from Terrapin to open a pharmacy on 86 River Street. The company announced its intentions last September and will partner with Joseph Castelo, a filmmaker who co-owns Antique Bar and Bakery and Antique Loft, on the venture.

“We are excited to continue our plans to bring critical cannabis medicine to patients in New Jersey,” said Chris Woods, owner and CEO of Terrapin. “We are grateful to our partners in the Hoboken community for patiently supporting us with open arms. Despite delays in the licensing process, Terrapin has never let up in its commitment to caring for patients in North Jersey. We look forward to serving the community as responsible corporate citizens to meet the needs of cannabis patients while making a positive impact on the community at the same time. “

The company worked with Hoboken-based MVMK Architects to convert the 3,500-square-foot space into its newest location. While the future facility will not include a consumption lounge, it will consist of a waiting room, a consultation area and a 1,430 square meter sales area.

Terrapin, who became one of the first licensed medical marijuana providers in the country in 2009, has partnered with several groups to give back to the local community. These include Jersey City-based WomenRising, the Hudson Pride Center, and Project Help, an organization that works for homeless veterans.

While Terrapin has all the necessary approvals at the local level, the company is still awaiting final approval of its license by the state. The company says approval could come as early as this week, but no schedule has been announced for the facility to open.

Terrapin’s dig will be Hoboken’s second medical marijuana dispensary, after a Harmony Foundation plaza, just a block and a half away on Hudson Street. Terrapin sued last year in hopes of preventing Harmony from opening and secured a partial win when a judge ruled Harmony’s application needed further scrutiny.

That assessment came from the city’s Medical Cannabis Review Board in May, and with construction well advanced, Harmony hopes they will open their outpost in Hoboken later this year.