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Although the council originally passed its cannabis regulations in 2021, it has been fine-tuning them ever since. The latest modification came after the city discovered that by restricting cannabis sales to H-C Highway Commercial and Selected Light Industrial District a small section along Avenue A was also included.
The latest change removes that area from consideration for those seeking to participate in the growing industry.
Now the city has again amended the regulations, as one of the newly adopted ordinances furthers restrict where cannabis establishments could be located. Previously, establishments are only allowed in the H-C Highway Commercial and Selected Light Industrial District, as well as the I-H Heavy Industrial District.
Now the city is again amending the regulations, as the proposed ordinance would further restrict where cannabis establishments could be located. Currently, establishments are only allowed in the H-C Highway Commercial and Selected Light Industrial District, as well as the I-H Heavy Industrial District.
Cannabis businesses will be permitted only along the highway corridor in Bayonne, according to new regulations passed by the City Council last month.
The new rules would not allow the sale of cannabis in the central business districts such as along Broadway but would permit them to operate along Route 440 and points further east, away from traditional residential areas.
These new rules also prohibit cannabis businesses from being located closer than 1,000 feet from a school, playground, child care facility, or a church.
The Bayonne City Council is expected to pass an ordinance Wednesday restricting all marijuana dispensaries to the most industrial sections of the city.
Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski was the only councilmember to vote against the measure upon its introduction, but in an interview Monday she said she is now in support of it.
Bayonne’s existing laws allow dispensaries on certain commercial corridors in the middle of the city, including on stretches of Broadway and Kennedy Boulevard. Those areas would be excluded in the new zoning rules.
In Bayonne, unlike Hoboken, no applications for cannabis stores have yet been reviewed and there has not been a public uproar, demanding that the city become less weed-friendly. Yet, the city council will on April 20 consider amending a law passed last year that would allow retailers to do business on commercial corridors in the heart of the city.