Ordinance bans marijuana-based businesses

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[DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Borough Council has adopted an ordinance banning 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 regulations 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. 

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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 ordinance, adopted at the council’s May 10 meeting, “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.”

“I believe all of us, including the surrounding communities, just need a better investigation for the costs associated with having such an operation in our community and we were on a time schedule. We had to do something by August which all the towns around us did,” Mayor Robert Sabosik told The Ocean Star. “We look forward to continuing talks with Trenton in the coming future.”

Neighboring communities, including Brick Township, Lavallette and Bay Head, have adopted or introduced similar ordinances in recent weeks banning all classes of cannabis businesses from their municipalities.

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