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Brigantine is the latest town in South Jersey to ban the sale and public use of recreational marijuana since Gov. Phil Murphy signed off on legalization earlier this year.
While all but three of the 565 municipalities in the state voted in favor of recreational-use marijuana, more and more towns are banning the use and sale of it. Many towns in Cape May County, such as Ocean City and North Wildwood, voted to ban it altogether. Other towns, such as Brigantine, are following suit.
The Village Council will discuss if and how it might regulate cannabis at its meeting on Wednesday night. In the November 2020 elections, 59.87 percent of Ridgewood residents voted in favor of Ballot Question 1, which set in motion the legalization of marijuana use for those over 21. But details still need to be hammered out by the State’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission regarding the sale and distribution of cannabis.
Mayor Susan Knudsen could not be reached for comment at press time on the issue, which is on the agenda for the Council’s Work Session.
Morristown officials have approached the topic of cannabis businesses with caution. Town Council appears likely to temporarily prohibit such establishments, but officials have expressed openness to allowing medical and recreational dispensaries in a limited capacity.
Many clients have recently asked me, “How do I open a marijuana social lounge?” The short answer is you will need to apply for a cannabis retail license when the applications are published by the newly created New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (“CRC”).
So, How Do You Open Marijuana Social Lounges?
Prior to the enaction of the Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, & Marketplace Modernization Act in February, dozens of New Jersey towns had local ordinances prohibiting cannabis businesses from setting up shop in their town, and others, like Jersey City and Asbury Park, were openly hospitable and welcoming to them.
Without setting rules for Raritan Borough by ordinance to prohibit, limit or restrict cannabis establishments, businesses meeting state guidelines would be permitted to open retail establishments in the commercial zone of town, said borough attorney Bill Robertson.