The Red Bank council will hold a hybrid (online and in-person), special meeting on Monday, February 20, 6:30pm, at Borough Hall, 90 Monmouth Street.
This session is in response to the February 8 council meeting that focused on current Federal law that prohibits the sale of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, playground or public housing facility.
Amendment to the Borough’s Cannabis Regulations
Councilman Michael Ballard said, “This (ordinance), has been discussed in our co-committee over the past several weeks with our (interim) Business Administrator (Darren McConnell), (borough) engineer Ed Herman and Shawna Ebanks (Director of Community Development).
The 1,000-foot distance (from schools/parks), or lack thereof in our ordinance, and its ambiguity was part of the discussion, but we also talked about the whole structure of the ordinance; licensing, parking issues...”
Cannabis Cultivator Facility
The approval of a cannabis cultivator facility owned by Suzanne Duckworth and her father/partner, William Duckworth. They successfully changed the use of their property at 15 East Leonard Street from existing warehouse/commercial to the allowance of a cannabis cultivator facility
Those living near proposed sites for cannabis businesses in Neptune City continue to ask questions but borough officials are unable to answer them because of pending lawsuits, one of which was filed by two of the neighbors.
Mayor Andrew C. Wardell said at this week’s meeting of the Borough Council that he plans to introduce new legislation regarding the legal sale of marijuana in Neptune City and will do so once it is legally possible.
The borough’s planning board approved its first cannabis company by a 7-1 vote Monday night, which will allow a warehouse and nursery to operate, but no retail store.
The business, a warehouse to cultivate cannabis, is a partnership with Susan Duckworth of Rumson and Alexander Federico, the director of operations at Full Spectrum Biotech in California.
According to Federico, the warehouse will not be a marijuana dispensary, but facilitate bulk wholesale where manufacturers or dispensaries would then modify the plant and sell it to customers.
Susan Duckworth will go before the Board to propose a change to the use of a property at 15 East Leonard Street from an existing warehouse/commercial to one operating as a cannabis cultivator facility.
A plan to make cannabis dispensaries less regulated in one Monmouth County community may be creating a cannabis free-for-all that could last five years.
Red Bank Cannabis License Applications
As of this date, the council has approved 16 resolutions "acknowledging" applications for a cannabis business license; 13 for retail operations and 3 for cultivation, or growing of the herb.
Each resolution includes the language, “… the issuance of a license to the applicant by the (New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory), Commission would not exceed any municipally-imposed limit…” (emphasis added).
That’s because Red Bank has no limit on the number of cannabis businesses that can operate in the borough.
At 9 a.m. on Friday, the doors finally opened for legal weed sales at Zen Leaf Neptune, the 18th medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey to begin recreational marijuana sales and just the second retail pot shop in Monmouth County.
“It took a little longer than we anticipated but, if we were going to do it, we were going to do it right — the first time,” Neptune Mayor Nick Williams said. ”This highway (Route 66) leads to four major highways. This location will bring people in here to get the product, get out of here and back on the road.”
Verano Zen Leaf Neptune Township on Route 66 opens Friday and will become New Jersey’s 18th store offering adult legal marijuana.