Oakland ordinance would allow for marijuana growing businesses but not retail sales

Oakland’s new ordinance would permit commercial cannabis growing, but not retail sales. The city is currently selling medical marijuana at three dispensaries and has a fourth on the way.

Recreational dispensaries in New Jersey would be allowed under an ordinance passed by the Oakland City Council. The law, which is set to go into effect on April 1, does not allow for retail sales of marijuana. Read more in detail here: recreational dispensaries in new jersey.

Oakland ordinance would allow for marijuana growing businesses but not retail sales

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Public hearings and probable votes on three ordinances authorizing non-retail cannabis activities in the borough are scheduled on Monday.

Municipality Administrator Richard Kunze said no cannabis businesses have sought to operate in the borough. The laws are designed to specify what kind of enterprises will be permitted in the future, as well as where they will be permitted and how they will be governed.

The proposed amendments to the legislation would have an impact on numerous of the borough’s industrial zones. A new industrial zone would also be created to replace a corporate office and industrial park zone. The majority of these properties are located in the borough’s southwest corner.

Cannabis cultivation, production, wholesaling, distribution, and delivery services would be permitted in zones labeled I-1, I-2, and I-4. Only the new I-4 zone would require such firms to have a minimum 10-acre lot size.

 

On Dec. 20, Oakland will propose three laws that would enable up to five kinds of non-retail cannabis enterprises to operate in industrial zones in the borough’s southwest.

Only cannabis wholesale and distribution would be permitted in the I-P and I-3 zones.

There is no mention of retail sales in any of the zones.

Another regulation would govern the 2% transfer tax that cannabis businesses would pay. A third ordinance spells out the conditions for cannabis enterprises doing business in the municipality.

When Gov. Phil Murphy signed a series of measures legalizing marijuana enterprises in February, the state set a deadline of Aug. 21 for towns to resume cannabis restrictions that were overturned.

On June 9, the Borough Council decided to outlaw all six types of cannabis-related businesses.

Mayor Linda Schwager rejected the measure, claiming that a commission should first assess the tax advantages of the business. The council overrode her veto on June 23, citing a state rule that prohibits any prohibition enacted after the Aug. 21 deadline for a period of five years.

Towns that did not implement a ban by August will not be able to do so until 2026, according to the legislation. Towns that have enacted prohibitions, on the other hand, may lift them at any moment.

Schwager said Tuesday that when her veto was reversed, she organized a committee of council members and interested individuals who “meet for months” to study cannabis alternatives for the borough.

Schwager said, “We performed our study, studied the ordinances, and came to the conclusion that we should offer suggestions to the council.” “I owe the committee a debt of gratitude.”

Many other New Jersey communities have enacted restrictions, but are now debating what activities they should allow, especially in light of the 2 percent transfer tax advantages.

Mahwah, for example, prohibited all marijuana businesses in June 2018, but is now considering rezoning a Route 17 gas station to allow retail sales.

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The “new jersey legalization bill” would allow for marijuana to be grown in Oakland. However, it does not include the ability to sell retail marijuana.

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