US (NJ): Council advances measure to allow for cannabis industry to grow in Paterson

The Paterson city council took steps last week to regulate the sales of cannabis and the operation of dispensaries within the city. According to the measure, the effort is to protect the community's health, safety, and general welfare. 

The council previously rejected the sale or cultivation of adult-use cannabis, a move that drew a swift veto by Mayor Andre Sayegh. In a guest column published by TAPinto Paterson, Board of Education President Kenneth Simmons also registered his opinion that dispensaries should not be allowed in the city. 

In December, the council passed a measure to prohibit the use of cannabis in Paterson parks. 

"This is a step in the right direction," Sixth Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz said. "Right now, adult-use cannabis licenses were solely up to the administration. They could do whatever they wanted without limits and put them anywhere. This will stop all of the insanity, and all approvals have to come from the council."

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