BRICK, NJ — The Brick Township Board of Adjustment is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday to hear the application by a Brick-based company to turn a former bank on Adamston Road into a a medical marijuana dispensary.
Jersey Shore Therapeutic Health Care is seeking to convert the former OceanFirst Bank into a dispensary and erect a 40,000-square-foot steel building to be used as a grow facility for the medical marijuana it would dispense.
The application is part of the company’s efforts to get a license to operate a dispensary under New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. There are currently six dispensaries operating in New Jersey; in July Gov. Phil Murphy said the state would offer six more licenses to expand access for medical marijuana patients.
If approved, it would be the first dispensary in Ocean or Monmouth counties.
The application is strongly opposed by neighboring residents who feel the facility poses a risk of increased crime in close proximity to their homes. Those neighbors have urged the company to choose a spot in a commercial area, where there are lots of other businesses.
The meeting is scheduled to be held at the municipal building, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, in the council meeting room/municipal courtroom.