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Further discussion among the members of the task force, led by Julie Doran and Bob Zuckerman brought the task force to their choosing two candidates for a regular license and two for micro licensees. The four nominated to be voted upon at the August 22, 2022 BOT meeting, as stated by Village President Sheena Collum who attended the virtual meeting, are:
APOTHECARY STORES 1, INC.
CANNABOY TREEHOUSE, LLC
PROGRESSIVE OPPORTUNITIES LLC.
Towns and cities that chose to opt out are free to opt in at any time, by amending an existing ordinance or passing a new one. Municipalities that chose to permit cannabis operations in town, though, would need to wait 5 years before dropping out of the industry. Towns are not permitted to opt out of delivery.
"Several municipalities which opted out to preserve their options are now evaluating those regulations and the development of the market to determine their next best steps," said Michael Cerra, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
Laws passed in the last year legalizing cannabis in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut were designed in part to remedy wrongs within a criminal justice system that disproportionately ensnares Black and Latino people.
And acquiring generational wealth is only part of the motivation for Ms. White and her family as they begin the slow and thorny process of establishing a business from scratch in a brand-new market.
The legalization of marijuana in the Garden State — and the social and economic justice goals that underpin the new laws — has made the city of Passaic a prime candidate for cannabis investment.
Given the right applicants, Passaic said, it would back cultivation plans. Last year it adopted zoning permitting its growing and manufacturing east of Route 21.
Now, Mayor Hector Lora said, there are three businesses seeking cultivation licenses in the city. One is a standard license and two are microbusiness cultivators. The city supports all three in their bids.
The feasibility of allowing cannabis “dispensary development” along the Route 9 corridor in Bass River Township’s Commercial Zone is being “researched,” with Mayor Deborah Buzby-Cope revealing during a Jan. 3 Bass River Township Board of Commissioners meeting that “it has been brought up about having a dispensary in town.”
The Cannabis Task Force met again on Thursday, December 16, and – despite a public opinion campaign in opposition to the group’s recent recommendations to Princeton Council – decided to stick with those recommendations.
The Task Force recommended that the town “allow no more than three retail medical and adult-use dispensaries, with a strong preference for at least one micro-license that has a social equity priority.”
There were resolutions the council passed unanimously that supported cultivation licenses.
Amber Littlejohn, executive director of the Minority Cannabis Business Association, said “microbusinesses can be a great thing.”
“However, when there are arbitrary limits on growth and structure, they are not,” she told MJBizDaily.
Take New Jersey, for example. Microbusinesses there will be capped at 10 employees and a maximum cultivation area of 2,500 square feet.
Several amendments were introduced at the most recent Township Council meeting. The first would prohibit cannabis retailers from operating within 250 feet of another cannabis retailer. A second ordinance would allow cannabis to be sold within the commercial corridor of the Bloomfield Center Redevelopment District; the third amends the redevelopment Phase One plan to permit recreational and medical marijuana retailers.
In August. the township OKed up to six cannabis retailers to set up shop in the central business district and neighborhood business district.
The task force also identified seven neighborhoods as potential sites for a retail outlet: the central business district, Witherspoon Street north, two areas on Route 206, Alexander Road, Nassau Street east, including Jugtown (the Nassau-Harrison area), and the Princeton Shopping Center.
But, as Niedergang says, “we have not heard from the community yet. There may be reasons why one or more of these areas is not appropriate.”