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Last month, at a Mayor and Council meeting, a 2% tax on recreational cannabis sales within the borough was passed. This means the council anticipates recreational dispensaries are on the way to Roselle Park, and more importantly, that the borough can monetize the blossoming cannabis market.
“[It] is meaningful revenue for a small town like us,” Signorello III said of the 2% tax. “We will put that back into whatever – paying for cops, paying for streetlights – whatever you can think of we will put back into the operational budget.”
The Cranbury Township Committee must enact an ordinance opting out of all licenses permitted under the new cannabis law. Failure to do so would be a complete dereliction of its duties, and it would fly in the face of the overwhelming number of Cranbury residents (and voters) who have voiced their support of an ordinance at committee meetings, as well as through letters and emails to committee members.
Mayor Matt Scott – “We have been thinking about it as a township committee. Voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly passed the mandate. We are following what the legislature is going to do,” he said. “Our township lawyer reached out to the township committee right after and stated that until the final bill comes out we won’t know how it is going to affect us.”
As far as retail recreational marijuana in Cranbury, Scott stated that the township still has the 2018 ordinance, which is not going anywhere.
As of August 2019, there were more than 60 local ordinances banning either all marijuana sales and growth, or just recreational forms of the drug.
For many, the issue has been a polarizing one.
In Somerset County, a proposed ordinance in North Plainfield to ban recreational and medical marijuana retail stores and facilities was tabled at a Dec. 2018 meeting, according to the clerk's office.
As state lawmakers try to figure out the next steps on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, some Cranbury officials are making a stand against the legislation.
In 2018, the Township Committee adopted an ordinance that prohibited the recreational sale of marijuana in town, in an effort to stay a step ahead of the state legislature and executive branch.
The bills were pulled from a vote in the New Jersey State Senate on March 25 for lack of enough votes to pass it.
Senate President Steve Sweeney today toured the Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center medical marijuana facility where he got a firsthand view of the operation, including the marijuana grow rooms, factory and dispensary. Senator Linda Greenstein joined him at the facility in Cranbury.
Eight years later, medical marijuana has indeed become big business in the Garden State, with some of the dispensaries pushing the limits of the nonprofit law. Two of the dispensaries have struck agreements with out-of-state, for-profit corporations to manage operations, while leaders of a third formed a pair of for-profit businesses affiliated with the dispensary. Another dispensary pays rent for a building owned by its chief executive.
Submitted by njlegalizeme on Sun, 09/09/2018 - 21:31
Cranbury is home to one of the six current New Jersey Medical Marijuana approved Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center however the local goverment has banned Recreational Marijuana sales. Will be interesting to see if anything changes once the state passes a Recreational legalization bill.
has been one of the hottest issues in New Jersey since Phil Murphy took over in Trenton this year. At first he said he'd get it done in 100 days. Last week he walked that back, saying he wanted legalization .