The Township Committee is taking action to maintain a prohibition of the cultivation, harvesting and sale of marijuana in Freehold Township, as well as banning underage use of the substance, while permitting medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the community.
On May 25, committee members introduced two ordinances related to the use of marijuana in Freehold Township. A public hearing on the ordinances is scheduled for June 22. Residents and other interested parties may comment on the ordinances at that time. The governing body may adopt the ordinances that evening.
The first ordinance, if adopted, will prohibit all cannabis cultivators, cannabis delivery services, cannabis distributors, cannabis manufacturers, cannabis retailers and cannabis wholesalers from operating in Freehold Township.
Cannabis items and supplies will be permitted to be delivered in Freehold Township by a licensed cannabis delivery service that is based outside the municipality.
In addition, the first ordinance will permit medical cannabis dispensaries to operate with or without an indoor consumption area on the premises. Outdoor on-site consumption areas are not permitted. Medical cannabis dispensaries will only be permitted to operate in Freehold Township’s H-1 hospital zone, according to the ordinance.