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US (NJ): Montclair planning board approves cannabis business application

A truncated Montclair Planning Board met on April 24 to consider an application for another cannabis operation in town. Among the absent board members were Chairman John Wynn and Vice Chair Keith Brodock, leaving Carmel Loughman to serve as chair pro tempore for the meeting, while Deputy Planning Director Tommy Scibilia sat on the dais in place of the absent Planning Director Janice Talley.

Cannabis entrepreneur Dab Riga appeared before the board with his attorney, Kelly Carey, to lay out his plan for his business, titled with the unique acronym of TLEHL, which is to be located in a corner floor space at 154 Pine Street. The building, constructed in 1938 as a garage, has four separate units, one of which is a cannabis business that was approved by the Planning Board recently. 

The operation is designed to provide cannabis products to retailers and would include a large space for processing and packaging finished products. A secure vestibule area would provide access to the unit to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering. Riga also emphasized the focus on security, saying that the facility will be monitored 24/7 and that visitors, such as electricians or plumbers and the like, would be escorted during their stay on the premises. 

There would be three to five outgoing deliveries a week, using large European-style delivery vans such as a Ford Transit or a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The business itself would rely entirely on solar energy for power, with a backup system. 

Read the entire article at TAP into Montclair

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