The Pleasantville City Council approved plans for a medical marijuana dispensary at the same meeting it voted to ban sales for potential future recreational use.
James DiNatale, who owns RGCS LLC, purchased the vacant 11 Devins Lane property in December, with plans to open the Superior Grow Labs medicinal cannabis dispensary.
Despite approval Monday from the city council, DiNatale would still need approval from the New Jersey Department of Health, which oversee the state’s medical marijuana program.
The DOH announced in July that it would be accepting applications for six new ATCs, bringing the total number up to 12.
Hundreds of applicants are expected to make their case to be one of those six dispensaries, and the plan calls for two each in North, Central and South Jersey, the latter being where Pleasantville is located.
As of July, 25,000 patients enrolled in the program, 10,000 of them since January, according to DOH data.
DiNatele’s plans for Superior Grow Labs call for demolishing or repurposing the existing vacant buildings on the property, according to the Aug. 6 resolution.
The 35,000-square-foot dispensary will be a “state of the art grow facility for the production of medical marijuana and other associated products,” the resolution adds.
An existing Alternate Treatment Center, the Compassionate Care Dispensary in neighboring Egg Harbor Township, opened in 2013.