Now that New Jersey has legalized marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years and older, South Jersey municipalities have begun adopting their own rules to address use and sale.
And while, many towns are opting to ban it, some are now opening the door to the industry based on the promise of job creation and tax benefits.
Residents and visitors to Wildwood Crest are now prohibited from using cannabis products in public spaces such as parks and recreational areas. Additionally, all marijuana establishments, distributors and delivery services are banned within the borough limits.
The new restrictions will take effect June 7 as the summer beach season at the Jersey Shore gets underway.
Now that New Jersey has legalized marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years and older, South Jersey municipalities have begun adopting their own rules to address use and sale. Under the N.J. Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act towns have until Aug. 21 - 180 days from the adoption of the state law - to create any local enforcement structure. Towns that do not act by then will be governed by the state's law.
Here's how communities are responding in South Jersey:
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small welcomes what he calls “a new industry in the area.”
“If it’s gonna benefit the great city of Atlantic City, provide jobs, another revenue stream, I’m all for it,” Small said. “I think people have the wrong perception. I think people think that people just gonna be walking up and down the street anyway smoking. That’s not what’s gonna happen. We will have world-class dispensaries.”
Small is embracing recreational cannabis and hoping it will bring the area additional revenue through a sales tax.
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And while voters throughout the state — and in Cape May County — supported marijuana legalization by a wide margin in a November referendum, some governing bodies in the county have introduced zoning ordinances that would ban cannabis businesses.
Wildwood Crest seems poised to join that number.
On Wednesday, borough attorney Ronald Gelzunas presented a draft ordinance that would ban cannabis sales within the small borough. He said the ordinance has been sent to the borough Planning Board for review and would ban cannabis sales in all zones.