FLEMINGTON – The Borough Council on Monday will consider introducing an ordinance to allow marijuana businesses to open in the county seat.
The ordinance also would allow commercial cannabis cultivation and medical marijuana dispensaries in the borough, but not allow manufacturing or wholesale operations.
In Lambertville, two public forums have been scheduled by the Lambertville Cannabis Work Group to gather input on whether marijuana businesses should be allowed in that city.
Lambertville residents approved the statewide referendum on legalization in November by an 81.38% to 18.62% margin.
The first forum will be held virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom, with the link on the city’s website.
The second forum, which will be held in person, is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 23 at the Justice Complex, 25 S. Union St.
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The Flemington ordinance would allow no more than two marijuana retailers in the borough. The hours of operation would be limited to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Drive-thru marijuana businesses would not be permitted.
The ordinance would also allow the borough to collect a 2% tax on marijuana sales.
The businesses would be permitted in the following zones: Downtown Business, Downtown I Business, Transition Commercial, Highway Retail and Village Artisan.
If the ordinance is introduced Monday, the public hearing and final adoption would be scheduled for June 28.
Under state law, municipalities have until Aug. 22, six months after Gov. Phil Murphy signed the legalization legislation, to adopt ordinances to allow or prohibit marijuana businesses within their borders.
If a municipality does not adopt an ordinance, then marijuana businesses will be allowed for five years.
If a municipality passes an ordinance not allowing marijuana businesses, municipalities can change the ordinance at any time to allow sales.
Most Central Jersey municipalities are on track to adopt ordinances well before the Aug. 22 deadline, preferring to take a wait-and-see attitude of the impact of marijuana sales in other municipalities.
The State Cannabis Regulatory Commission has the power to regulate the purchase, sale, cultivation, manufacturing, packaging, transportation and delivery of marijuana. The commission also has the power to grant, revoke or suspend licenses to operate marijuana businesses.
Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to his articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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