Cannabis farm prepares for first harvest in New Jersey
TerrAscend NJ is preparing for the first harvest of the Boonton Twp. Farm after New Jersey votes to legalize marijuana on Thursday, November 5, 2020.
Danielle Parhizkaran and Tariq Zehawi, Morristown Daily Record
The Butler Council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the retail sale of recreational cannabis on Tuesday. This makes the county the third parish in Morris County to allow sellers to set up businesses.
The vote follows a similar action on Monday in Boonton, where the council approved retail and wholesale with a 7-1 vote. Rockaway Township has also approved retail sales along with the other five cannabis-related business categories: cultivation, manufacture, wholesale, distribution and delivery.
These companies were signed by Governor Phil Murphy after lawmakers reacted to New Jersey residents who voted by a two-thirds majority to legalize recreational marijuana in November. Morris County’s voters approved it with a 64.71% majority.
Like Boonton, the Butler Ordinance restricts sales to the Highway Commercial District along Route 23.
As in other cities, applicants must obtain the necessary licenses, permits, and permits from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, which is expected to issue its own guidelines after August 21st.
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All New Jersey municipalities have until August 21 to decide on the state guidelines that have yet to be enacted. Many other cities have now decided to opt out because they want the state to act before deciding which cannabis business categories to allow.
Cities that do not opt out are bound by future government regulations for at least five years, obliging them to grandfather any cannabis businesses that open after that period.
Rockaway Township was the first in Morris County to approve all sales. Pequannock opted to allow the cultivation but prohibited other operations.
Boonton Township has also previously approved the cultivation of its existing grow facility, but has opted for the future from all classes of cannabis farms.
Parsippany has chosen to only allow wholesale and distribution.
But many other cities are choosing to turn down all cannabis operations. These include Chatham Township, Chester, Dover, and Mount Olive. At least 10 others have enacted ordinances banning these operations.
The Butler Council unanimously approved two additional regulations on cannabis sales, one to create a tax structure and the other to use land.
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