The city is the latest municipality in Central Jersey to ban all marijuana businesses, including medical.
The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance at Wednesday night's virtual meeting which prohibits all cannabis establishments, including cultivators, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers and delivery services, from operating anywhere in the city.
“This prohibition shall also apply in those parts of the city of South Amboy under the jurisdiction and authority of any independent state agency, commission or authority, notwithstanding any state law to the contrary," the ordinance says.
“While cannabis is now legal in New Jersey the State Commission who will establish the rules and regulations has not yet completed their work," Mayor Fred Henry said in an email. "Until we have a clear idea of how this industry will unfold over the next year and what effects it will have on the City of South Amboy I feel that the Council’s action was appropriate. Once the commission completes their work this is an issue that the City Council can revisit."
Businesses engaged in the growth or sale of medicinal or recreational marijuana or paraphernalia that facilitates the use of marijuana are prohibited in all zoning districts, according to the ordinance.