The city is still working to streamline its approval process to keep too many cannabis shops from ending up on the same popular drags like Central and Newark Avenues.
“We are trying to make sure we spread the love across the city so that the cannabis establishments are not clustered together,” said City Councilman Yousef Saleh, among other council members, to cap the number of new cannabis licenses at 48.
That is eight for each of the six wards of the city.
Shops already approved, like Leaf Joint, will not need to apply again and will not be counted against the cap.
There will also be an equity component to the new regulations to prioritize some who the war on drugs has harmed. Saleh said the bill is poised to pass with little resistance from lawmakers nor Jersey City residents.