POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Borough Council unanimously introduced an ordinance April 19 that would ban marijuana-based businesses from operating within the borough.
In February, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law the Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older, and establishes regulation for a commercial recreational cannabis marketplace.
The act establishes six classes of licensed businesses, which include cannabis cultivator; cannabis manufacturer; cannabis wholesaler; cannabis distributor; cannabis retailer; and cannabis delivery.
According to officials, municipalities throughout New Jersey have an Aug. 22 deadline to decide if they would allow marijuana-based businesses to operate locally. A municipality’s failure to act by then will result in the permitted growth, cultivation, sale and resale of cannabis and cannabis products within the municipality, for a period of five years.
According to the proposed ordinance, “all cannabis establishments, cannabis distributors or cannabis delivery services are hereby prohibited from operating anywhere in the Borough of Point Pleasant, except for the delivery of cannabis items and related supplies by a delivery service.”
“The uncertainties are too great now. In the future, we can reverse course if need be, but this move is necessary at this point in time,” Mayor Robert Sabosik said.
“State regulators just met recently and have only just begun discussing how this type of business will ultimately be regulated. With the best interest of the safety and welfare of borough residents, we must ban these businesses operating here like most municipalities in our area including those surrounding Point Pleasant Borough have done. We really do not know the overall impact this type of business will have on our community.”
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