According to the ordinance passed, the city has designated zoning to allow for cannabis retail, manufacturing, cultivation, cultivation, distribution and wholesaling. All locations must have the proper corresponding license to operate.
New Jersey Legalization
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 borough has opted out of the marijuana business, at least for now.
The Council approved the total opt-out on August 17 after previously considering allowing wholesalers to operate within the borough.
Charles Cohen, a Plymouth Drive resident, said the council made a "wise" decision "at this time." He noted the Food and Drug Administration has called cannabis a "highly addictive drug," that can cause "cognitive" issues.
"Time and time again, we have seen that consumers prefer to obtain cannabis products from safe, licensed, above-ground retailers," Armentano said. "But, absent access to such facilities, the illicit market will continue to fill this void."
Little Falls, one of the last Passaic County towns to codify its regulations, restricted its marijuana businesses to the Route 46 corridor after opposition from residents of Jackson Park. Township officials considered, but ultimately rejected, an ordinance that would have opened a stretch of Paterson Avenue adjacent to Route 46 to non-retail marijuana-related businesses.
“We fear New Jersey may not live up to expectations, at least initially,” Zuanic began.
New Jersey's cannabis sales are expected to start on Feb. 15 at the latest, according to an announcement from state regulators.
Referring to the NJ state cannabis commission as being “far from nimble,” approval of new license applications will be slow, said Zuanic, adding that the main concern is not only a sluggish start but a low number of shops. “Only eight stores for a population of 9 million, plus ‘visitors’ from Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York.”
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.
Notably, the new rules also confirm that the Commission has not yet adopted standards for a Workplace Impairment Recognition Expert (WIRE) certification program, and until such time that the Commission develops such standards, in consultation with the Police Training Commission, no physical evaluation of an employee being drug tested in accordance with CREAMMA shall be required. We anticipate that the testing requirements will be addressed in subsequent regulations.
The Borough Council approved an ordinance last week that allows certain marijuana businesses to operate in certain areas of town.
Legal weed consumers will be barred from purchasing pot brownies, cookies, candies or any other marijuana-infused edibles "resembling food," under the rules and regulations adopted by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
The move, long on the radar of industry watchers, is a blow to customers and businesses that had hoped to jump headfirst into an increasingly popular aspect of the marijuana trade.