South Plainfield bans retail marijuana businesses

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The Borough Council has voted to prohibit retail cannabis businesses from operating anywhere in town.

Also prohibited are cultivation and delivery, except for the delivery of cannabis items and related supplies by a delivery service.

The borough will, though, allow two cannabis manufacturing businesses, two wholesale businesses and one distributor in designated industrial zones. The permitted businesses all must be licensed.

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The ordinance, which was approved Aug. 16 by a 4-2 vote with Council President Derryck White and Councilman Peter Smith casting the two dissenting votes, also includes a transfer and user tax on the receipts from the sale of cannabis items from one establishment to another.

Under the ordinance, a 1% transfer tax will be collected from receipts from each sale by a cannabis wholesaler in the borough, and a user tax at the same rate will be imposed on cannabis not subject to the transfer tax. The transfer or user tax will be in addition to any other tax allowed by law.


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