Camden decides to ban cannabis companies and set his own rules
Camden isn’t the first to consider taking a break to look at the bigger picture, according to Mike McQueeny, a Foley-Hoag lawyer who consults with municipalities and businesses on the cannabis industry in New Jersey and New York. . He is also legal counsel for the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association.
“Many communities across the state have some sort of cannabis task force. [or committee] to study what the impact will be on their individual communities, ”said McQueeny, adding that by implementing a hiatus, municipalities would lose the revenue that businesses could generate.
“The first thing almost any business looking to get into the cannabis industry does is… consult with professionals and [ask], ‘Which cities are open for business’, ”he said.
The Camden committee has been meeting for months. Pace said it’s not just about recreational marijuana and members looked at the emerging industry as a whole, not just its recreational part.
“We always have to make sure that we are meeting the needs of these patient services on the medical side,” she said. “The closest clinic to Camden is about 13 miles away in Bellmawr.”
In addition to medical needs, Pace said the committee is also looking at hemp.
“It’s not so much about cannabis and medical, but it’s industrial manufacturing, construction products, packaging materials,” she said. “Hemp is the biggest… generator of income.”