US (NJ): Plans to turn church into 30,000 sq ft medical cannabis facility

The planning board hearing on a proposal to convert a vacant church into a facility to grow medical cannabis will continue next month.

The first hearing on the proposal by GMNJ Properties, part of Colorado-based Green Medicine, to convert the former First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church at Route 518 and Rock Road into a 30,000-square-foot cultivation facility began Tuesday. It was adjourned until June 21, when the meeting reached its time limit with more witnesses scheduled to testify.

According to state land use law, residents will not have an opportunity to express their opinions on the proposal until after Green Medicine presents its witnesses. Residents are allowed to ask questions of the witnesses after their direct testimony during the hearing.

The planning board hearing came after the township signed a host community agreement with Green Medicine calling for the company to pay an annual $100,000 community feeĀ for five years, a total of $500,000 if the proposal is approved.

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