Secaucus says “no” to recreational cannabis facilities

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For now, only medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed

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For now, only medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed

At a special meeting just days before the state deadline, Secaucus City Council voted for an ordinance banning recreational cannabis facilities.

Communities across New Jersey had until August 21 to decide whether or not to ban recreational cannabis facilities. If the deadline has passed and a community fails to act, all recreational cannabis facilities are automatically licensed under state laws.

While the Council was due to hold a public hearing on this issue at its July meeting, it has not implemented the regulation until further approval by the Planning Committee. The council received its assent and adopted the regulation at its special meeting on August 18.

Say no for now

The ordinance bans all cannabis operations, with the exception of delivery services outside of the city.

The only exception would be medical cannabis facilities. Secaucus is home to what is believed to be Hudson County’s only medicinal cannabis dispensary: ​​the Harmony Dispensary.

According to city administrator Gary Jeffas, the ordinance is essentially a placeholder. The idea is that these settlements forbidding ordinances maintain the status quo while the municipalities work out the details of which settlements they would allow in the first place.

The council can vote on an ordinance issued by the city without the pressure of an impending deadline from the state. This ordinance will fully substantiate the city’s policy, as opposed to rushing the ordinance or subjecting the city to state policy if it does not act.

Waive sales tax

At the July 27 meeting, the council unanimously voted in favor of a two percent medical cannabis tax, the Medical Cannabis Transfer Tax.

“According to state regulations, you can tax cannabis,” Jeffas said at the meeting. “The ordinance just provides a mechanism by which any medical cannabis … we have a pharmacy in town … would be empowered to collect taxes on the sales they make with Secaucus.”

Secaucus joins Union City, Weehawken and Guttenberg in enacting bans on cannabis establishments other than medical pharmacies. Most municipalities that issue these prohibition ordinances also do so as placeholders.

Meanwhile, Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, North Bergen, and West New York will all allow some forms of recreational cannabis facilities.

WNY Considering Medical Cannabis?

West New York also plans to allow medical cannabis facilities.

West New York’s Board of Commissioners voted to introduce an ordinance that would change the zoning of permitted land use to include medical cannabis dispensaries in the CR Retail District, Service Commercial District and Controlled Waterfront Development District. The board of directors unanimously agreed in its August meeting.

Each medical cannabis dispenser must file a license application along with a fee of $ 6,000 along with all of the documentation listed in the application. The annual license renewal fee payable on the first day of January of each calendar year is $ 15,000.

The regulation does not impose any limitation on the number of licenses. But the city only allows one recreational cannabis establishment with similar application and renewal fees.

The city’s ordinance would collect two percent of the revenue from any sale by a medical cannabis dispensary.

The regulation will be heard from a distance in the board meeting on September 4th at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the city’s website at westnewyork.org and click the event on the calendar webpage.

Read the regulation online at: www.westnewyorknj.org/_Content/pdf/ordinances/Ord1621.pdf.

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