Phillipsburg Town Council will gather virtually on New Year's Eve to consider a resolution supporting a recreational marijuana license for sales on South Main Street.
The brief agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting includes a resolution "authorizing TerrAscend NJ LLC to operate as both a medical and adult-use cannabis establishment within the Town of Phillipsburg."
TerrAscend owns the Apothecarium, a medical-marijuana dispensary at 55 S. Main St. The Apothecarium only sells now to people with a valid New Jersey medical cannabis card, but licensing for recreational sales of marijuana may begin in March, according to the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission. New Jersey will allow sales and possession of as much as one ounce to buyers who are 21 and older.
Recreational sales will bring in a windfall of tax revenue, Councilman Robert Fulper said Tuesday. He said he supports recreational sales, but he expects Phillipsburg to impose limits on where dispensaries can operate. Fulper added that Friday's vote is mainly symbolic because The Apothecarium already has Phillipsburg's approval for adult recreational marijuana use. The resolution will support the dispensary's application for a license.