Flemington appears to set limits on marijuana business enterprise
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FLEMINGTON – A lot of cannabis firms want to move to Flemington, but the locations exactly where they can set up shop may well be restricted.
The Borough Council introduced an ordinance Monday that restricted the locations exactly where cannabis firms can open in the county seat.
If it passes just after a public hearing March 27, the shops will not be permitted to open downtown or in the Stangl Road location.
The shops will only be permitted on state highways or county roads, the ordinance says.
But Borough Administrator Michael Humphrey told the Council that he is obtaining telephone calls from cannabis firms, which have currently received state approval, hunting to find in Flemington and are in the “pre-leasing” stage.
He stated they are eying spaces, which includes the vacant Rite Help at Route 31 and Church Street, the former Red Crab Juicy Seafood on the Flemington Circle and the former 30 Burgers subsequent to Burger King on Route 202.
Flemington has only 4 cannabis licenses, two for health-related sales and two for recreational sales. A single place can have each health-related and recreational sales.
Aunt Mary’s opened a health-related cannabis dispensary in the Shoppes at Flemington off the Flemington Circle in February.
For a shop to get state approval, a business enterprise have to get the endorsement of the borough.
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In November, the Council endorsed McGraw Holdings’ proposal to open a dispensary on Stangl Road, but McGraw has not received approval from the state, Humphrey stated.
Council Member Susan Engelhardt stated the Arranging Board had determined by a majority vote that the proposed ordinance was “not in the spirit” of Flemington’s master strategy and was “substantially inconsistent” with the master plan’s get in touch with to encourage extra business enterprise in the downtown location.
Engelhardt, who also sits on the Arranging Board with Mayor Marcia Karrow, stated she supported the ordinance that can be changed at any time.
Mainly because cannabis is a new business enterprise, she stated it could be “scary” for some people today and wanted to wait a couple of years to see the influence of cannabis firms in the state.
Karrow stated a “massive concern” prompting the proposed ordinance limiting the firms to highways was parking and visitors.
Downtown and Stangl Road may well not have sufficient parking to manage the visitors generated by a cannabis business enterprise, she stated, in contrast to Aunt Mary’s which is in a buying center with sufficient parking and superior visitors circulation.
Karrow also stated the ordinance can be changed “anytime we want.”
Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get limitless access to his articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account.