Lightshade Labs, a marijuana dispensary, had sought to open at the former Diva Lounge, at 369-373 Bloomfield Ave. (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)


Lightshade Labs has withdrawn its zoning application to become the second medical marijuana dispensary in Montclair. 

The state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission notified the Colorado-based company on Dec. 7 that it was denying its application for an alternative treatment center license. The commission first received more than 100 applications for dispensaries in 2019, but reviews for those and other marijuana facility licenses were tied up by a court case until 2021. The commission ultimately awarded 30 dispensary licenses, spread throughout the state. 

On Dec. 16, Lightshade’s attorney, Lisa A. John-Basta, sent a letter withdrawing the company’s application to the Montclair Zoning board, after years of trying to get approval to open a dispensary in the location of the former Diva Lounge at 369-373 Bloomfield Ave.

Whether Lightshade will apply to the state in any next round of permitting, and or seek another spot in Montclair, John-Basta told Montclair Local, “Lightshade has no definite plans at this time.”

Lightshade sought to open the dispensary once buildings on the Bloomfield property, which extends to Willow Street, were renovated. The Montclair Planning Board approved plans

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