MIDDLESEX BOROUGH – A proposal to open a cannabis cultivation facility on Lackland Avenue East will be returning to the Joint Land Use Board on Sept. 27.
And it’s likely at the meeting that the proposal will be approved following negotiations between the board and MBI Industries after a lawsuit was filed when the initial plan was rejected earlier this year.
MBI Industries, of Trenton, has agreed to make several modifications to its original proposal, most dealing with control of potential odors.
MBI Industries, contract purchaser of the half-acre property that already has a one-story building occupied by a printing equipment business and an auto repair shop, applied to the borough to open the cultivation facility in November 2022.
The cultivation facility would only occupy 4,500 square feet of the building that was occupied by the auto repair shop. James Barry, co-founder of MBI Industries, told the board he was only interested in a “micro-style facility.”
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The board held hearings on the plan in February and March and voted 5 to 4 to deny the application because of concerns about security and possible odors from the facility.
MBI Industries then a filed a lawsuit in Superior Court, claiming that board members “continued to baselessly express concern over odor mitigation” at “dissimilar” cultivation facilities in Readington and Boonton, despite “substantial, credible, uncontroverted” testimony from experts and…