On Monday evening, Mayor Michael Venezia and the Township Council met to discuss a wide range of issues and proposals for Bloomfield, with retail cannabis sales and businesses taking center stage.
With recreational marijuana sales beginning soon in New Jersey, the Council discussed current ordinances regarding the sale of cannabis in Bloomfield. The current plan allows six recreational marijuana businesses in town, with no more than two per ward; however, owing to a great deal of interest from business owners and entrepreneurs, an update was discussed to potentially increase this ordinance to allow eight businesses in town, with no more than three per ward.
“We haven’t had to deal with the externalities associated with this [recreational marijuana],” said Councilwoman Davis. “I’m not convinced that just because there’s demand for it means that we should have more of them in our town.”
“I think the bigger issue is the smaller ‘micro’ and social justice licenses, I think that’s where we’re seeing a bigger interest than the larger type licenses,” replied Mayor Venezia. “What we were looking to do is to expand on the micro level, to do it where we give smaller, local people a better opportunity, instead of somebody like Rise, which is technically a national firm.”