The city council in August approved a set of resolutions that supported medical marijuana and sent location proposals to the planning board for review. On Monday, the Newark Central Planning Board approved amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance for the facilities.
"The proposal would allow for business growth within the city, getting people involved in local business hopefully," city planner John Barree said before the board approved the amendments. “There's a benefit to improve quality of life for the city's residents, enhance opportunities for physical and mental health, and to continue to promote crime reduction and public safety by expanding legalization in the future potentially.”
The city council ordinance that was originally provided to TAPinto Newark in August showed that medical marijuana facilities were proposed for seven zones, including EWR, EWR-S and Port zones. However, a planning board staff report excluded those three sites.