The ordinance would amend the town’s zoning code to prohibit selling, growing, and distributing recreational marijuana. It would not impact medical marijuana, legal in the state since 2010, nor would it impede on recreational marijuana use, should the New Jersey state legislature legalize it. Secaucus currently has one medical marijuana dispensary.
At the July 24 meeting, Mayor Michael Gonnelli said Gov. Phil Murphy’s push for the state to legalize recreational weed was a factor for the ordinance. Secaucus’ many conservative residents would likely be adverse to recreational marijuana, and Jeffas said the town wanted to address their concerns as well.
The Harmony Dispensary in Secaucus is Hudson County’s very first and only medical marijuana dispensary.
The ordinance should be up for a final hearing at the next council meeting on Sep. 11, Jeffas said.
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