US (NJ): South River council introduces ordinance setting regulations for potential cannabis businesses

The Borough Council introduced an ordinance, which if adopted, will amend the municipal code setting regulations for cannabis establishments within South River.

On Feb. 22, Gov. Phil Murphy signed adult-use cannabis reform bills into law, legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years and older and decriminalizing cannabis and hashish possession.

Due to this action, municipalities have 180 days, or until Aug. 21, to take action to either prohibit or limit the number of cannabis establishments, distributors or delivery services; the location, manner and times of operation; and establishing civil penalties for violation of ordinances, according to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM).

Business Administrator Art Londensky said by law the council has 180 days to take action to either allow or deny certain uses such as manufacturing, wholesale and retail. If no action is taken then it would be automatically allowed.


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