Sayreville NJ looks to ban medical, recreational marijuana businesses


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Bridgewater Courier News

SAYREVILLE – Unlike many Central Jersey municipalities, Sayreville has introduced an ordinance to ban both recreational and medical cannabis businesses from operating in the borough.    

An ordinance to amend borough zoning to prohibit all six classes of cannabis business licenses – cultivation, manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, retail and delivery businesses – was introduced at Monday’s borough council meeting.  

The proposed ordinance also says the ban would be “in the best interest of the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents.”

The ordinance would also prohibit alternative treatment centers, which dispense medical marijuana products as defined in the state’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the June 14 virtual borough council meeting. 

The ordinance does not ban the delivery of cannabis and related supplies by a delivery service based in another community. 

Municipalities are not allowed to ban residents from using marijuana, according to state law, nor can they ban licensed cannabis delivery companies from making stops within their borders.

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The New Jersey State League of Municipalities and the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys have recommended that municipalities adopt ordinances outlawing marijuana businesses until all issues with the state legislation are resolved. 

Old Bridge is again looking to ban recreational and medical marijuana shops as well as businesses that manufacture, sell or dispense weed-related paraphernalia from operating there. 

Under state law, if municipalities do not adopt a marijuana zoning ordinance by Aug. 22, six months after legalization went into effect, marijuana businesses would be allowed to operate in the municipality for five years.

However, a municipality can reverse its decision at any time. If a municipality does not pass an ordinance, it would not be allowed to prohibit marijuana businesses for at least five years.

Email: sloyer@gannettnj.com

Susan Loyer covers Middlesex County and more for MyCentralJersey.com. To get unlimited access to her work, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. 

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