Despite a new set of amendments, an ordinance that would ban marijuana dispensaries still figures to divide the Borough Council when it comes up for adoption on Monday, Dec. 9.
The council introduced the revised ordinance by a 4-2 vote at its meeting on Oct. 28. The ordinance is now headed to the Planning Board for comment.
The council felt the proposed ordinance warranted the board's review due to a series of amendments since it was first discussed several months ago, according to Borough Attorney John Pidgeon.
Part of the discussion prior to the introduction last week dealt with timing, as the council and Pidgeon calculated how soon the ordinance could come back to the governing body. By law, the Planning Board has 35 days to review and comment on the ordinance. That necessitated a December time frame before it goes back to the council for a public hearing and vote on adoption.
Prior discussions in recent months have sometimes split the council along party lines. There have been no objections to the ordinance’s proposed ban on recreational marijuana dispensaries. Democrats, however, have questioned the fact that medicinal dispensaries would also be prohibited in the borough under the proposed law.