MOUNT LAUREL – A cannabis corridor could be coming to a busy stretch of highway here.
Township boards have approved applications from three cannabis dispensaries proposed for the 1100 block of Route 73.
The planning board on March 9 gave initial approval for an NJ Green Care dispensary at the former Sage Diner. The long-vacant building is at 1170 Route 73, a corner property at the Church Road intersection.
The board also gave final approval to a dispensary planned for a former Denny’s restaurant at 1132 Route 73. That location, pursued by NAAVI Realty LLC, most recently held Oceancrat The Boiling Seafood and a ramen house.
And the zoning board on March 1 approved an application for a third firm, Daylite Cannabis, to operate at a former real estate office at 1136 Route 73.
Is there a ‘Cannabis Row’ in Mount Laurel?
“Cool times we live in,” observed Alex Kardos, a co-owner of NJ Green Care, during the meeting.
But the operator of Daylite Cannabis didn’t share that mellow vibe.
Steve Cassidy of Medford asked the planning board to reject NJ Green Care project, and expressed concern over the concentration of dispensaries.
“It would look like Cannabis Row,” Cassidy told the planning board during the public-comment session.
“It essentially would be setting a precedent that dispensaries could be located on top of one another in Mount Laurel,” he said, noting the diner is 200 feet away from his location.
“I don’t think that’s a good look for the town,” said Cassidy, who also heard at…
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