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Raekwon’s Cannabis Company Approved to Renovate Historic Newark Building for Consumption Lounge

Hashtoria — the cannabis company co-founded by Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon — was approved by Newark, New Jersey officials to renovate a historic downtown for a cannabis consumption lounge.

Full story after the jump.

Newark, New Jersey’s Central Planning Board on Tuesday approved plans by Architect Rachael Grochowski and Hashstoria to renovate a historical building in the city – the former home of engineering firm A.R. Meeker & Co and Stoutenburgh & Co. Newark Clothiers – for a cannabis consumption lounge.    

Hashstoria is co-founded by Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers, and radio, tv personality, and mental health advocate Charlamagne tha God. Hashstoria currently has locations in Astoria, Gladstone, and Springfield, Oregon. 

The building, located at 799-805 Board Street, dates back to 1839 and is in Newark’s Four Corners Historic District and has undergone several modernizations throughout the years. revival. The Landmark and Historic Preservation Commission greenlit the plans to renovate the facade of the building in February. 

In a statement, Grochowski, of RHG Architecture + Design, said the project “represents an exciting opportunity to merge history, community, and innovation.” 

“Design plays a crucial role in elevating the overall cannabis experience, and we are committed to creating an environment that offers a sophisticated, inclusive, and enjoyable experience. The cannabis industry is undergoing a remarkable transformation, driven by the vision and creativity of innovative designers and creatives, leaders from across the industry who are revolutionizing cannabis consumption. We are so excited to craft a space that harmonizes aesthetics, functionality, and sensory engagement, ultimately enhancing the journey of both seasoned cannabis enthusiasts and the cannabis-curious alike.” — Grochowski in a press release 

New Jersey passed a bill in December 2022 to allow cannabis consumption lounges but has not yet developed regulations or issued licenses and there are currently no lounges operational in the state.  

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