Colts Neck: New ordinance bans all pot businesses in town



COLTS NECK, NJ – The Colts Neck Township Committee recently passed an ordinance banning any cannabis-related businesses from operating within city limits.

At a recent meeting, the committee voted to pass an ordinance prohibiting pot growers, delivery services, manufacturers, retailers and distributors from operating in Colts Neck.

“The township has determined that businesses selling marijuana and farms growing marijuana require special attention for safety, security and location,” the order said. “There is no area in the township that can safely house a business selling, manufacturing or growing marijuana and / or paraphernalia that facilitates the use of that marijuana. The township committee believes that is in the best interest of the canton and the public welfare in general. prohibit any business [sic] sell marijuana and / or paraphernalia that facilitate the use of marijuana and the cultivation or manufacture of marijuana in the township.

While New Jersey voters chose to approve the legalization of marijuana in the November 2020 general election from 67.1% to 32.9%, local municipalities can still ban pottery companies from selling or cultivating. in the city. In Monmouth County, the vote is reduced from 65.6% to 34.4%.

Several other municipalities in Monmouth County are considering the pot‘s role in the city, including Manalapan, Holmdel and Marlboro. Freehold has also taken steps to categorically ban pot retailers, manufacturers, and growers within city limits.

Any action will need to be taken quickly by cities in New Jersey, as the exact deadline for passing an ordinance banning or limiting the number of cannabis establishments and establishing civil penalties for violation of ordinances is August 21, according to the law. New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Related: Marijuana Is Legal In New Jersey. But can cities still ban it?

Residents of Colts Neck should also be aware that whatever businesses may operate in town, it will not limit their ability to consume cannabis or have cannabis delivered by an outside service. Adults 21 and older are permitted to consume cannabis on private property. Cannabis has also been decriminalized in New Jersey, and you can own up to six ounces of marijuana or 17 grams of hash without penalty. Read more: 5 things you need to know about legalizing marijuana in NJ


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