US (NJ): North Bergen amends ordinances, limits number of cannabis licenses

The North Bergen Board of Commissioners has introduced an ordinance that would amend the township’s pre-existing cannabis ordinance to further define regulations and restrictions.

The ordinance would amend the original ordinance adopted in July to set forth specific provisions for cannabis microbusinesses, set additional limits on the number of cannabis businesses in the township, include medical cannabis-related businesses within various requirements of the ordinance, and provide additional factors to be considered by the Cannabis Committee in evaluating cannabis business applications.

Township Counsel Tom Kobin described the changes being made to the original ordinance at the November 23 meeting. “One of the things that came up is that we didn’t define how we’re going to handle microbusinesses,” he said. “Those are smaller operations with a smaller number of employees, 2,500 square feet or less. People were asking if that was considered one of the two adult-use retail places, things like that. So one of the changes we made is to say that if we have a microbusiness, it counts against the cap of authorized licenses.” 

“Initially, we didn’t put any restrictions on the number of cultivators, distributors, and wholesalers that were going to be allowed,” he said. The new ordinance would limit licenses for cannabis cultivators, distributors, manufacturers, and wholesalers permitted in the township’s industrial districts. There will be three licenses issued for each type, with one of each being a microbusiness.

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