US (NJ): Cultivation licenses a point of disagreement for cannabis committee

As the cannabis committee works toward finalizing its first draft recommendation to the city council, the question of whether cultivation licenses should be allowed has become a point of disagreement among the committee.

Under state law, there are six classes of cannabis licenses, one of which is growers, defined as those who cultivate the plant. The city has the option to include or exclude any of the six license types.

The compliance subcommittee’s preliminary recommendation, presented by City Attorney Michelle Banks-Spearman, excludes cultivation licenses from the city. “It’s my understanding that quite a bit of water is needed for cultivation, and at present the city is kind of having a bit of a water emergency,” Banks-Spearman said.

She noted that several city wells are down and that Camden is purchasing water for $300,000 a month. But the business development subcommittee, whose findings were presented by Dwaine Williams and Maritza Alston, want cultivation licenses made available in the city. “We want all of the licenses to be allowed,” Alston said.


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