CARTERET – The borough is allowing all six classes of recreational marijuana licenses, but only in certain sections of town.
The Borough Council last month unanimously adopted an ordinance establishing cannabis licensing and regulations. The ordinance becomes effective 20 days after the council’s July 22 vote.
Under the ordinance, anyone looking to operate a cannabis business in the borough must obtain a license in accordance with the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act.
Only two Class 5 cannabis retailer licenses will be allowed in the borough and will be limited to the town’s general and highway business/commercial zones, under the ordinance.
In addition, two licenses will be allowed for cannabis cultivator, manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor and delivery in the borough, and the locations will be restricted to the light and heavy industrial zones.
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Under the ordinance, the borough also will require a $1,000 fee to review any application for a proposed cannabis business license. The borough’s zoning officer will issue a letter of pre-approval for approved cannabis businesses, which will allow the applicant to apply to the state for license to operate.
The ordinance sets the hours of operation for retail cannabis establishments at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., while cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, wholesale and delivery establishments, other than home delivery, can operate 24 hours a day.
No cannabis businesses are permitted within 500 feet of any school, childcare facility, church, park or playground.
Violations of the hours of operation or the 500-feet restrictions are subject to a $500 fine per offense with each day constituting a separate violation and offense, the ordinance states.
Suzanne Russell is a breaking news reporter for MyCentralJersey.com covering crime, courts and other mayhem. To get unlimited access, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.