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The ordinance will be introduced by title only — meaning its details are not yet known. However, Thursday's introduction will not decide the ordinance's fate.
If introduced, the ordinance will be forwarded to the township's Planning Board for review and comment, possibly as soon as its Monday meeting. The board's comments will be returned to the council for review, a public hearing and a possible vote at some unspecified future date.
The applicant — ADPP Enterprises — would then have to return to the Planning Board for approval of its operation plan.
The Township Committee hosted a special meeting last week to discuss an amendment to the current marijuana ordinance. It presented the council an opportunity to allow one business within the city limits, but everyone left the meeting without a decision.
Now, a vote is expected on the potential update to the ordinance at the committee's Thursday meeting.
Committee members passed an ordinance barring cannabis businesses from opening earlier this year, but will discuss an amendment that would allow one cannabis retailer to open at 231 Route 17 North.
An ordinance that would allow a retail cannabis store to operate on Route 17 north failed to secure Township Council approval at a hearing Monday.
A vote was postponed until Thursday on Ordinance 1956. It would rezone the former gas station property at 231 Route 17 north — just south of the West Ramapo Avenue exit — to allow retail sales of marijuana products to adults age 21 and older.
The newly passed law allows New Jersey residents older than 21 to possess marijuana, but it will also lead the way for regulated business, which is expected to be an economic booster in the state.
“I think it’s great,” said Ramapo student Kelly Brennan. “I hope it brings down property taxes a little because of how booming of a business it’s expected to be!”
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.
The possibility that New Jersey could be the 11th state to legalize marijuana has prompted some Garden State municipalities to take action — either to encourage or discourage legalization.
Several New Jersey towns have already taken hard stances against the sale or openings of any marijuana dispensaries.
Some North Jersey communities, however, have kept an open mind and have said they are welcome to at least the idea of medical marijuana.
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The Westwood council recently banned the sales of both recreational and medicinal marijuana. Dawson said the results of this election could switch the results, which she believes would be negligent to the town.
"I don't see it as a partisan issue, it's just a quality of life issue," Dawson said. "The majority of towns that have banned it have been of Democrat majority."
Anticipating that New Jersey soon will allow anyone 21 and older to buy and use marijuana, a number of North Jersey towns are responding with a message of their own: Count us out.
Gov. Phil Murphy championed legal marijuana as a candidate last year. As governor, he has expanded access to medical marijuana, but bills to allow non-medical use have stalled in the Legislature.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who also supports legalization, said last week that he expects a vote in September.
The Township has joined a handful of Bergen County towns in banning marijuana sales ahead of a state bill that, if passed, would legalize the drug in New Jersey.
Mahwah's prohibitions , adopted unanimously by the Township Council on Thursday, will block all marijuana establishments from opening in Mahwah, including dispensaries, cultivation facilities and manufacturing plants. It does not apply to sales of prescribed medical marijuana, which is legal in New Jersey.