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Morristown residents eagerly anticipating the official opening of the town's first cannabis dispensary were recently given an update on the time-consuming process.
The dispensary, which will be located on Ridgedale Avenue, will replace a defunct budget truck rental agency. The chosen location is on a busy route at the border of Morris Township, across from a former state motor vehicle inspection station, a bank, and a lumberyard.
A New Jersey lawmaker wants to punish parents if their children raid their legal weed stash and edibles.
Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, a Morris County Republican, said criminal penalties in the form of a disorderly person offense should be levied against irresponsible parents who don’t secure their weed and cannabis stashes.
Marijuana may be legal in New Jersey, but its stigma remains.
To many – far more than simple logic would suggest – pot smoking is the province of degenerates and all-around lowlifes.
This truth runs counter to polls that say about half of all Americans have used the drug at least once, not to mention some hard facts – namely that voters strongly supported legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020.
But apparently, polls are polls and elections are elections.
Consider two towns in Middlesex County, New Brunswick and East Brunswick. In New Brunswick, more than three-quarters of residents voted in favor of legalization, the majority of the population is made up of minorities, and the median household income is below the state average, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In nearby East Brunswick, close to two-thirds of residents voted in favor of legalization, the population is white majority, and the median household income is above $100,000.
New Brunswick allows the sale of recreational marijuana; East Brunswick banned it.
Medical marijuana has helped Sarah Trent immensely with her anxiety and sleep but finding a dispensary nearby was an issue.
"Medical patients where I live in Morris County have to drive over 45 minutes to get medicine," said Trent, a Morristown resident and Princeton graduate.
Trent is opening Valley Wellness at 405 Route 202 North in Raritan near the Somerville Circle. She is sharing a building with the appliance store Uneeda.
Morristown set up a cannabis advisory board shortly after it passed an ordinance to allow marijuana businesses within its borders.
The five-member board includes the mayor, business administrator, chief of police, director of law and council designee. Officials said there is entrepreneurial interest in the town and are working on an application process.
"There have been lots of inquiries from a lot of potential cannabis entrepreneurs that are seeking to do business in Morristown," said Jillian Barrick, town administrator.
Step right up and get your Morristown cannabis license!
Well, maybe not quite yet. On Tuesday, the town council introduced a zoning ordinance defining where dealers of medicinal and recreational marijuana might set up shop.
If adopted next month, the measure will create a licensing framework for prospective vendors. But they still will need a state license, too.
The council also authorized hiring a public health officer and a health “educator,” to replace a service contract with Morris County’s health department.
The ordinance to prohibit recreational cannabis businesses of any type in Chester Borough that was up for adoption on June 15, has been delayed.
The public hearing and adoption are now on the schedule for the Tuesday, July 6 meeting.
Borough Mayor Janet Hoven said Friday the ordinance approval was set back for procedural reasons, with the borough needing to refer it to the Land Use Board and the County of Morris for another look.
A medical marijuana facility in Phillipsburg is closer to reality.
The New Jersey Department of Health on Thursday announced it has approved a Morris County marijuana-growing operation for TerrAscend, which will provide marijuana for the company’s eventual treatment center in Warren County.
TerrAscend owns The Apothecarium, a posh dispensary chain with storefronts in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and anticipates the Phillipsburg location will open in 2020’s second quarter. It will be the first Apothecarium on the East Coast.
"We are pleased to receive our cultivation permit in New Jersey after a rigorous inspection of our facility and operating procedures by the NJ DOH," said Jason Ackerman , Executive Chairman of TerrAscend. "Achieving this important regulatory milestone indicates that the TerrAscend model of compliance, quality and safety resonates with state regulatory agencies. Bringing safe and effective products to patients is our priority, and we look forward to introducing the TerrAscend house of brands to the state's medical-use patients."