US (NJ): After high turn up at Zoom meeting, community tables cannabis ordinance

The Franklin Township Committee recently tabled an ordinance that would have established guidelines for cannabis businesses in the township.

More than 250 attended the committee’s meeting via Zoom. Many of those who spoke opposed having cannabis grown or sold in the community. The township plans to hold a meeting to get more input from residents. A date for that meeting has not yet been set.

“I would also like to hold a community workshop where input from residents and professionals would be present and provide comments,” Mayor Philip Koury said. “Once this is done, this ordinance will be introduced again with any of the adjustments, revisions or clarifications that have been made by this community workshop.”
Koury said the committee passed an ordinance in July of 2021 “opting out” of allowing cannabis cultivation and retail sales in the township. The township’s Land Use Board has not received any applications for cannabis-based businesses, he added.

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