A fierce debate took place in Paterson on whether to allow marijuana businesses to operate in the city.
Emotions flared at Paterson City Hall as residents made their plea both for and against marijuana retail stores.
“We do know it’s a gateway drug, we have lost many of our students, we’ve had many issues with our students with this situation,” Paterson Board of Education member Corey Teague said.
Paterson lawmakers are considering a plan that would permit six retail marijuana businesses in the city.
The plan would also allow as many as 30 other cannabis-related businesses in Paterson. The city would be able to impose a 2% sales taxes.
“I think there are many pros, it’s businesses coming to Paterson. I think all Paterson residents are going to benefit from it,” said Drew Hoilett of Rise Marijuana Dispensary.