Lauren Chang Thompson, the co-founder of Blue Violets, asks the Hoboken City Council to approve their application. Photo by Mark Koosau.
“Mark my words, if you approve this tonight, you’re making a serious mistake,” said resident Mary Ondrejka.
“I’m not making a joke of this, this is horrible,” said resident Mary Naddeo. “If you let this go through, you’re gonna regret it.”
“I am worried that what it took decades for Hoboken to get its waterfront back, we may lose, because these people, they will not respect ordinances that are not being enforced,” said resident Roberto Verthelyi.
Despite a NIMBYism wave that attempted to crash through in City Hall, Blue Violets became the first ever recreational cannabis applicant to receive full approval in the Mile Square City, after the Hoboken City Council approved them and put them within one last step of being able to open.
The council voted on Sept. 21 on a resolution to support Blue Violets, who are looking to create a cannabis store on 628 Washington St.. They now have full local approval in the city after receiving the thumbs up from the Cannabis Review Board in April and the Planning Board