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For the first time since New Jersey allowed the establishment of recreational cannabis businesses, the Township Council on Tuesday voted to enter into a memorandum of agreement with a marijuana cultivator and manufacturer.
Michigan-based Grasshopper Farms will set up its indoor cannabis growing operation on about 40 acres on the property of Duane K. and Pamela Demaree at 219 S. Cologne Ave., township Manager Chris Johansen has said previously.
The Township Council decided to table its vote authorizing the execution of a redevelopment agreement with Grasshopper Farms NJ LLC to establish an indoor cannabis cultivation and manufacturing business Tuesday evening.
A resolution regarding the matter was on the council's agenda Tuesday, but Mayor Anthony Coppola Jr. opened the discussion by saying the council had received some last-minute documents on the project the day of the meeting.
The new documents totaled a couple hundred pages, Councilman Tom Bassford said.
Grasshopper Farms NJ, LLC has the next 180 days to convince the Township Committee to change its designation from conditional redeveloper to redeveloper of a proposed indoor cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility at a farm on South Cologne Avenue.
The five-member Township Committee voted unanimously during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday to approve a resolution that appointed Grasshopper Farms NJ, LLC as a conditional redeveloper and authorized the execution of a memorandum of understanding.
Officials are dismissing the possibility of allowing outdoor marijuana farms in the township, but people interested in the business still have hope about the viability of the project.
The Township Council recently issued a resolution denying Grasshopper Farms NJ a letter of support needed to secure full licensing from state marijuana regulators.
Grasshopper Farms had been planning to operate a facility for outdoor marijuana cultivation, an idea that has polarized residents.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP —The Township Council authorized a report on Sept. 13 that lays out new, local standards on the growing marijuana industry.
The standards, which concern marijuana cultivation, come after residents raised concerns about potential odor from a proposed cultivation facility.
Township Redevelopment Attorney M. James Maley Jr. said that Galloway was a pioneer in developing the new standards. He noted how new the industry was and said officials were trying to ensure it benefited the entire township.
Voting 4-3, the council rejected an ordinance that would have adopted a plan for the facility at Pomona Road and Zurich Avenue.
Republicans Rich Clute, Robert Maldonado, Frank Santo and Tony DiPietro voted against the warehouse.
Mayor Jim Gorman, a Democrat, said he and Deputy Mayor Mary Crawford, a fellow Democrat, and Councilman Anthony Coppola, a Republican, voted for it.
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:
Professor of Biology Ekaterina Sedia, who also serves as coordinator of the cannabis studies minor, noted that Stockton University was the first in the state to offer the minor, which it launched in 2019.
The institute will focus on developing research focusing on hemp cultivation practices, non-medical cannabis research, lab testing, and the creation of hemp and cannabis educational material.
James DiNatale and George Irwin have each tried to land a license from the state to develop a medical marijuana dispensary.
DiNatale did not receive one as part of his partnership he started called Superior Grow Lab that was looking to grow medical marijuana in the city.
Irwin is waiting to hear whether he will receive one of the new 24 licenses the state will hand out.
In the meantime, each man separately is committed to trying to help the South Jersey economy through the medical marijuana business.