Medusa recently won approvals to become one of Jersey City’s first cannabis lounges. Image courtesy of Medusa.
With the race to open Jersey City’s first cannabis businesses officially underway, a prominent university in McGinley Square is looking to void approvals for a dispensary and lounge near their campus.
On August 3, St. Peter’s University filed a lawsuit against Medusa LLC in Hudson County Court seeking to overturn a plan from an endeavor called Medusa at 759A Bergen Avenue. Jersey Digs profiled the business earlier this year shortly after the planning board signed off on their application to open a dispensary that includes a basement consumption lounge.
Also named as a defendant is Jersey City’s planning board, who approved the Medusa plans during their April 5 meeting. Medusa was granted a conditional use variance to convert their space from a clothing store into a class five adult-use cannabis dispensary, but St. Peter’s says the approvals should be thrown out due to Medusa’s proximity to their campus.
The lawsuit, filed by Newark-based law firm Genova Burns, claims that approval for the conditional use requires that the main entry door of any cannabis “be at least two hundred feet from any school identified on