US (NJ): Princeton opts out of cannabis licenses

Princeton has joined the growing number of New Jersey towns that are opting out of permitting the sale, cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of cannabis – at least for now.

The Princeton Council introduced an ordinance banning the six classes of cannabis businesses at its July 12 meeting. The goal is to buy more time to study the issue and to determine where those uses – particularly the retail sale of cannabis – should be allowed.

A public hearing on the ordinance has been set for the council’s July 26 meeting. The Princeton Council formed a cannabis task force to examine the impact of legalization of cannabis for adults, but the volunteer task force has not finalized its report.

Princeton, like many New Jersey towns, must decide how to respond to state law that legalized cannabis for adult use by the state-imposed deadline of Aug. 21. Towns that fail to act must allow any of the six categories of cannabis businesses to open their doors in the community.


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