CANNABIS IN CART

Where will marijuana sales be permitted? See list of 108 South Jersey municipalities at end of article.


Although Cherry Hill on Monday night moved to ban recreational marijuana businesses, Township Council members also called for more study and a roll-out plan should they want to permit the businesses later this year.

Meanwhile, the Evesham Township Council on Wednesday night is scheduled to consider an ordinance allowing cannabis businesses to operate in the Evesham Crossroads Overlay Zone at Routes 70 and 73 and in industrial zones. A companion ordinance would tax the new businesses. A public hearing is scheduled for August 11.

The Voorhees Township Committee on Monday night moved forward an ordinance that permits all cannabis businesses to operate along Route 73. 

Retail sales also may open in Voorhees in the business zone on Haddonfield Berlin Road, east of White Horse Road, and in the Town Center redevelopment area, according to the proposed ordinance. Cultivating, wholesaling, distributing and retailing will be permitted along Laurel Oak Road and Voorhees Drive. A companion ordinance imposes up to a 2% Township tax on cannabis sales in town.

A big attraction to municipalities is the ability to generate new revenue by collecting between 1% and 2% on cannabis sales. 

In Cherry Hill, the uncertainty over state regulations governing the businesses was a concern. The new rules from the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission are not due out until August 21.

"The state has still not provided municipalities with all the regulations and the guidelines," Council President David Fleisher told Council members at the pre-meeting caucus. "The consensus is it's difficult to opt-in to something we don't fully understand yet."

Fleisher said that municipalities that opt-in are committed for five years. "By opting out, knowing that we can opt back in at any time, it gives us the opportunity: a, to wait for the regs and, b, see how some other towns that may have jumped in to first see how they're potentially working out some of the kinks."

Added Fleisher: "I would like to see the impact on neighborhoods, commercial zones, etcetera in other towns."

At the public meeting, Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo said the legalization comes with considerable balancing between justice and economic opportunity.

"Ultimately, we see cannabis business coming to the Township in some form in the future," the mayor said at the public meeting. "We feel it is necessary to wait for the commission to release its rules and regulations" before Cherry Hill comes up with its own, Shin Angulo said. 

Councilwoman Carole Roskoph said the Township should commit to devising a plan to give residents "a firm decision once and for all." She said community members, business owners and school officials should be consulted about their opinions on the impact of cannabis businesses in town.

During public comment, Jamell Rosario of Hadleigh Drive commended the Council for its leadership in the decision to wait and see.

"It's not fair what the state did to the townships" by imposing the August deadline before regulations are available, he said.

Although many South Jersey municipalities are prohibiting the businesses, residents 21 and older in those communities will be free to use cannabis products under the law, which was made possible by a statewide referendum last November. Cannabis products also can be delivered in all communities.

An analysis of proposed ordinances by 70and73.com shows that, so far, 27 municipalities (25%) will welcome all or some types of cannabis businesses, while 81 (75%) will prohibit them. Several still have yet to decide, including Evesham. Mount Laurel is permitting sales, while Medford and Medford Lakes are prohibiting the businesses.


RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA SALES IN SOUTH JERSEY

Municipalities that are allowing or prohibiting recreational cannabis sales, cultivation and manufacture in their communities. Information based on legal notices from municipalities. In some cases, the final vote has not yet been taken. The six classes of recreational marijuana businesses are: 1. Cultivator, 2. Manufacturer, 3. Wholesaler, 4. Distributor (transporting cannabis from one business to another), 5. Retailer and 6. Delivery (courier services for consumers).

Some of the communities indicated the prohibition might be temporary because more time is needed to make a decision. The Maple Shade ordinance, for example, notes the Township needs "to ensure sufficient time to carefully review all aspects of the Act and its impacts."

(1) Cinnaminson will permit retailers only when connected to cultivation or manufacturing operations.

(2) Logan will permit only the manufacture.

(3) Lower Alloways Creek will not permit retailers or delivery.

(4) East Greenwich will permit only cultivation and processing.

(5) Northfield will permit retailers, wholesalers and distributors.

(6) Lower Township will permit retailers and delivery services. 

(7) Mantua Township imposed a tax on pre-existing cannabis cultivation.

We incorrectly reported earlier that Washington Township, Gloucester County, and Mantua Township were allowing. They are not. If you find any discrepancies, please email contactus@70and73.com.

SOURCE: © 70and73.com analysis from legal notices.

MUNICIPALITY COUNTY DECISION
Absecon Atlantic ALLOW
Atlantic City Atlantic ALLOW
Brigantine Atlantic PROHIBIT
Buena Vista Atlantic PROHIBIT
Egg Harbor Township Atlantic ALLOW
Estell Manor Atlantic PROHIBIT
Longport Atlantic PROHIBIT
Margate Atlantic PROHIBIT
Mullica Township Atlantic PROHIBIT
Northfield Atlantic ALLOW (5)
Port Republic Atlantic PROHIBIT
Somers Point Atlantic PROHIBIT
Ventnor Atlantic PROHIBIT
Weymouth Atlantic PROHIBIT
Bass River Burlington ALLOW
Beverly Burlington ALLOW
Bordentown Burlington PROHIBIT
Burlington City Burlington ALLOW
Burlington Township Burlington PROHIBIT
Chesterfield Burlington PROHIBIT
Cinnaminson Burlington ALLOW (1)
Delanco Burlington PROHIBIT
Delran Burlington ALLOW
Eastampton Burlington ALLOW
Evesham Burlington ALLOW
Fieldsboro Burlington PROHIBIT
Florence Burlington PROHIBIT
Lumberton Burlington ALLOW
Mansfield Burlington PROHIBIT
Maple Shade Burlington PROHIBIT
Medford Burlington PROHIBIT
Medford Lakes Burlington PROHIBIT
Mount Holly Burlington ALLOW
Mount Laurel Burlington ALLOW
New Hanover Burlington PROHIBIT
North Hanover Burlington PROHIBIT
Palmyra Burlington PROHIBIT
Pemberton Borough Burlington PROHIBIT
Pemberton Township Burlington ALLOW
Riverton Burlington PROHIBIT
Shamong Burlington ALLOW
Southampton Burlington PROHIBIT
Springfield Burlington PROHIBIT
Tabernacle Burlington PROHIBIT
Westampton Burlington PROHIBIT
Wrightstown Burlington PROHIBIT
Audubon Camden PROHIBIT
Audubon Park Camden PROHIBIT
Barrington Camden ALLOW
Bellmawr Camden PROHIBIT
Berlin Borough Camden PROHIBIT
Berlin Township Camden PROHIBIT
Camden Camden PROHIBIT
Cherry HIll Camden PROHIBIT
Chesilhurst Camden PROHIBIT
Clementon Camden PROHIBIT
Haddon Heights Camden PROHIBIT
Haddon Township Camden PROHIBIT
Haddonfield Camden PROHIBIT
Hi-Nella Camden PROHIBIT
Lawnside Camden PROHIBIT
Lindenwold Camden PROHIBIT
Magnolia Camden PROHIBIT
Merchantville Camden ALLOW
Mount Ephraim Camden PROHIBIT
Oaklyn Camden ALLOW
Pine Hill Camden PROHIBIT
Runnemede Camden PROHIBIT
Stratford Camden PROHIBIT
Voorhees Camden ALLOW
Avalon Cape May PROHIBIT
Cape May City Cape May PROHIBIT
Dennis Cape May PROHIBIT
Lower Township Cape May ALLOW
Middle Township Cape May PROHIBIT
North Wildwood Cape May PROHIBIT
Ocean City Cape May PROHIBIT
Sea Isle Cape May PROHIBIT
Stone Harbor Cape May PROHIBIT
Upper Cape May Cape May PROHIBIT
Upper Township Cape May PROHIBIT
West Wildwood Cape May PROHIBIT
Wildwood Cape May PROHIBIT
Wildwood Crest Cape May PROHIBIT
Woodbine Cape May ALLOW
Deerfield Cumberland PROHIBIT
Greenwich Cumberland PROHIBIT
Maurice River Township Cumberland PROHIBIT
Upper Deerfield Cumberland PROHIBIT
Vineland Cumberland ALLOW
Deptford Gloucester PROHIBIT
East Greenwich Gloucester ALLOW (4)
Logan Gloucester ALLOW (2)
Mantua Gloucester PROHIBIT (7)
Monroe Gloucester ALLOW
South Harrison Gloucester PROHIBIT
Swedesboro Gloucester PROHIBIT
Washington Township Gloucester PROHIBIT
Wenonah Gloucester PROHIBIT
West Deptford Gloucester ALLOW
Westville Gloucester PROHIBIT
Woodbury Heights Gloucester PROHIBIT
Alloway Salem PROHIBIT
Carneys Point Salem ALLOW
Elsinboro Township Salem PROHIBIT
Lower Alloways Creek Salem ALLOW (3)
Mannington Salem PROHIBIT
Oldmans Salem PROHIBIT
Pilesgrove Salem PROHIBIT
Quinton Salem PROHIBIT
Salem Salem PROHIBIT
Upper Pittsgrove Salem PROHIBIT