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US (NJ): Cannabis cultivator and manufacturer receives township support

Members of the Hopewell Township Committee approved a resolution of support for Stone Hill Manufacturing as the company applies for cannabis cultivation and manufacturing licenses from the state. The resolution of support indicates that the application by Stone Hill Manufacturing is in the number of applications authorized by the township and would operate in a zone that permits cannabis cultivation and manufacturing. If given the licenses for cultivation and manufacturing from the state, the Planning Board will still have to review and approve a site plan for the project.

Hopewell Township is only allowing one cannabis business in the township. A single company or business that holds both a cultivation and manufacturing licenses is permitted as long as they both are on the same site.

Stone Hill Manufacturing will be utilizing Dutch Venlo-style greenhouse technology and plans to build a Dutch Venlo fully modern automated greenhouse. Addressing concerns about light pollution for greenhouses, Stone Hill Executive Chairman Rob Piasio stressed that they would not have lights on all night and would not be providing augmented light during the evenings for the greenhouse portion of the facility. “The reason for that is that our plants are young and growing. They are contained in an indoor portion of the facility and are exposed to continuous light while they are young, but it is indoors, so the light pollution does not exist,” he said.

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