Little Falls, one of the last Passaic County towns to codify its regulations, restricted its marijuana businesses to the Route 46 corridor after opposition from residents of Jackson Park. Township officials considered, but ultimately rejected, an ordinance that would have opened a stretch of Paterson Avenue adjacent to Route 46 to non-retail marijuana-related businesses.
Luis Fernandez, a resident of Harrison Street, said he would have hoped for more discussion with residents of the section known as Jackson Park. With the stretch's proximity to a recreation center and homes, Rosa Amica-Terra, a representative for local property owners, said commercial cannabis businesses may not be suitable.
"It's not so much of an issue as having something like this in the town to bring in revenue," said Magdolna Pal of Ryle Avenue. "It's just the location."
James Damiano, the mayor of Little Falls, said the town's options for revenue generation are limited.
"The only other way that the township generates revenue from businesses in town is simply by property taxes," he said. "We do not receive a percentage of any other type of industry."