An ordinance that would allow a retail cannabis store to operate on Route 17 north failed to secure Township Council approval at a hearing Monday.
A vote was postponed until Thursday on Ordinance 1956. It would rezone the former gas station property at 231 Route 17 north — just south of the West Ramapo Avenue exit — to allow retail sales of marijuana products to adults age 21 and older.
If approved, the ordinance would rezone only one property for cannabis retail sales. The owner — listed as ADPP Enterprises — would still have to apply to the township's Planning Board for approval.
However, Township attorney Sue Sharpe cautioned that once approved, the property would be "grandfathered," or protected against future bans on marijuana retail sales.
The exit provides access to Ridge Road on the west side of the highway where four of the township's six public school are located. Its high school would be a half-mile drive from the site.