Legalized cannabis is here to stay in New Jersey, but Westfield residents who participated in a virtual meeting held by the town’s cannabis commission last Thursday overwhelming opposed the prospect of the municipality allowing the licensing of recreational cannabis dispensaries.
“It’s a basic decision. Under the law, municipalities have 180 days, and that’s until August 21 this year, to either prohibit outright, or limit the number of establishments, distributors or delivery services,” said Councilman Mark Parmelee.
A 17-person town “Cannabis Commission” is tasked with taking a hard look at how Westfield should handle New Jersey’s recent legalization of marijuana.
Mayor Shelley Brindle this week announced the formation of the commission to address legalized weed, including the town’s decisions on marijuana dispensaries.
“The recent legalization of marijuana here in New Jersey will raise many questions for every community about if and how it plans to move forward with regard to dispensaries on the local level,” Brindle said at Tuesday’s town council meeting.