Rutherford could soon allow retail cannabis establishments, but with certain restrictions. The proposal stipulates that no retail cannabis setups would be permitted within the Park Avenue, Union Avenue business districts, or any areas west of Route 17. Only adults aged 21 and above would be able to purchase cannabis products, and sales would be subject to state and local municipal tax. The borough stands to gain two percent of all class 5 license sales, if this goes through.
The mayor of a Bergen County town says that he is tired of only other municipalities reaping the benefits of New Jersey’s legal marijuana industry. But for now, the Borough Council wants to hold off.
“Once you get past the argument of whether it should be legal, you should embrace it,” says Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera.
The mayor says that he is confident that his town will benefit from the legal cannabis industry for many reasons, and not just the tax revenue it can bring in.
An indoor marijuana facility is looking to move into the former Sears building in Bergenfield, right on the border with Teaneck, according to a report.
The borough is in the early stages of considering whether Eleven Eleven Wellness could use the building as a site for growing and processing marijuana, according to NorthJersey.com. The money from the product and property taxes could augment borough finances, the report said.
Bergen, Burlington, Camden and Monmouth counties appear to lead the pack when it comes to communities giving a green light for legal weed businesses — either medical or recreational sales or cultivation of cannabis—under updated state regulations.
At least 14 communities in Bergen and nearly a dozen in Burlington have opted to allow some form of regulated cannabis business, while eight communities each in Camden and Monmouth counties have opted in.
In Milltown, voters have the final say while casting ballots in November.
On June 9, council members in Pompton Lakes confirmed their town's place on the list.
Michael Serra, the town’s mayor, said it was clear residents supported the idea of being able to legally smoke marijuana.
More than 65% of voters in Bergen and Passaic counties in the 2020 General Election approved an amendment to the state constitution legalizing recreational cannabis and establishing a state-regulated market in New Jersey. Pompton Lakes voters were on trend.
Researchers said seven counties saw more than 2,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2017:
Entrepreneurs banking on NJ Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign promise to legalize marijuana in the Garden State are starting to feel burned.
Shergoh Alkilani, a real estate developer based in Cliffside Park, said he’s invested roughly $1 million in a pot manufacturing facility in Bergen County — with nothing to show for it and no sense of when it might open, if ever.
The Township Council plans to draft prohibitions that would add them to the list of New Jersey towns that oppose recreational marijuana sales irrespective of a state law that would legalize the use of the drug.
"There are too many problems associated with it," Mayor Kramer said. "The estimated value in revenue is outweighed by the headaches and complications it will cause our law enforcement."