In Seaside Heights, Mayor Tony Vaz says about 30 to 40 summonses are issued on any given weekend. Mike Cerra, executive director of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, said he has been getting reports of other towns along the Shore facing similar challenges. “I think there’s a lot of perception that it’s free to consume or use anywhere and it’s not the case,” Cerra said.
New Jersey League of Municipalities
Executives from the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) at the NJ League of Municipalities last week provided an overview of the newly adopted regulations to implement the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana. The panel session, moderated by the president of the NJ League of Municipalities, Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, featured CRC chair Dianna Houenou and executive director Jeff Brown.
The long-awaited launch of New Jersey’s legal marijuana program is finally in view. Regulators recently agreed on rules and regulations for the industry as they prepare to open the application process for the licensing of new businesses. But only about 30% of towns in the state have opted in for recreational pot.
The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) has issued some guidance documents following the promulgation and adoption of its initial rules last week.
The documents include a Cannabis FAQ document for municipalities, which also includes the CRC’s fee schedule and a summary of the regulations.
A full legalization bill in the works in the state legislature will not receive the support of at least two mayors if the final legislation doesn’t provide for the expungements of possession and distribution of up to 50 grams of cannabis, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (D) said.
Baraka and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop (D) said at a press conference that they would exercise their municipal authority and ban dispensaries from operating in their cities if they aren’t satisfied with expungement language in legalization legislation.
Weedmaps will be presenting “Greening Up the Garden State: Developing Responsible Cannabis Policy in New Jersey” at this year’s New Jersey League of Municipalities conference.
The event is 1 to 1:50 p.m. Nov. 14 in Atlantic City Convention Center Room 309. In addition, Weedmaps will be at Booth 423 with the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association during the convention.
Colleen Mahr is very clear about the role municipalities will play if adult-use marijuana legislation is passed in New Jersey.
“This is a local issue,” says Mahr, the mayor of Fanwood and the incoming president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities. She says there are two key issues that have to be clearly addressed in the legislation: social justice and taxes.
As the New Jersey Legislature prepares to delve into bills to expand medical marijuana and authorize adult recreational use, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) has one request.
“Whatever legislation is passed, make it permissive, not required,” said Michael Darcy, executive director of the NJLM, whose members include 564 of the state’s 565 municipalities.
It’s important, he added, that towns get to have a say in the matter.
“If it’s permissive, then they can make a decision that makes sense for each town,” Darcy said.