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Now that New Jersey has legalized marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years and older, South Jersey municipalities have begun adopting their own rules to address use and sale.
And while, many towns are opting to ban it, some are now opening the door to the industry based on the promise of job creation and tax benefits.
Now that New Jersey has legalized marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years and older, South Jersey municipalities have begun adopting their own rules to address use and sale. Under the N.J. Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act towns have until Aug. 21 - 180 days from the adoption of the state law - to create any local enforcement structure. Towns that do not act by then will be governed by the state's law.
Here's how communities are responding in South Jersey:
In the meantime, municipalities like Cape May, Middle Township, and Avalon have until Aug. 27 to decide the best course of action in the best interest of their community.
“We have 180 days to review the new law,” said Cape May's Interim City Manager Michael Voll. “It’s a whole new challenge for us. We are a law-and-order community, but we are open-minded. We will review what we can permit, prohibit and allow while protecting the health and safety of our community.”
Avalon Borough Council scheduled the public hearing and potential adoption of its proposed marijuana ordinance for Feb. 27, after procedural difficulties had forced the borough to remove consideration of the ordinance from its first meeting that month.
Once again, the ordinance failed to come up for consideration as council formally tabled it. Assistant Business Administrator James Waldron explained that additional changes needed to be made, which would necessitate starting over with the two-step process required for new municipal laws.
All appeared to be going smoothly as Avalon Borough Council prepared Feb. 13 to adopt an ordinance banning marijuana-related business within the borough.
Had it done so, Avalon would have joined about 60 other municipalities in the state which have moved to prohibit marijuana sales, manufacturing, and farming in advance of the likely passage of state legislation to legalize adult recreational marijuana use.
Avalon is amending its zoning code to “reaffirm that the sale of marijuana is a prohibited use within all zoning districts in the borough.” The move comes as the state continues to inch forward on legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana sales.
Submitted by njlegalizeme on Sun, 09/09/2018 - 21:32
Recent news from the Cape May County beach town indicates they will soon bring a resolution that bans cannabis cultivation and sales within the town borders.