The Cannabis Task Force met again on Thursday, December 16, and – despite a public opinion campaign in opposition to the group’s recent recommendations to Princeton Council – decided to stick with those recommendations.
The Task Force recommended that the town “allow no more than three retail medical and adult-use dispensaries, with a strong preference for at least one micro-license that has a social equity priority.”
The report listed five commercial areas that should be zoned for cannabis retail: The Dinky area/Alexander Street; Jugtown (near intersection of Harrison and Nassau Streets); Central Business District; Witherspoon North (Witherspoon Street only between Green and Leigh Avenue); and 206 North (at Cherry Valley Road). Access to cannabis retail by public transit or by foot or bike was considered very important in order to make cannabis accessible to those who do not own or have access to a motor vehicle.
Cannabis retailers, the Task Force recommended, should be subject to zoning restrictions that mirror those of alcohol, including a requirement that a retailer be located at least 200 feet from schools.