Edison NJ ready to welcome marijuana businesses. Here’s where and how



EDISON – Township officials are looking to license all classes of marijuana businesses in a section of the municipality, but those who wish to operate them will have to pay a steep annual license fee.

Last week, the city council introduced an ordinance regulating the number of licensed cannabis businesses in the township, as well as their location, mode, hours of operation and licensing requirements.

A public hearing on the order is scheduled for August 19 at 6 p.m. in the council chamber.

The ordinance sets the annual license fee at $ 2,500 for cannabis delivery companies. These fees increase to $ 7,500 per year for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors; $ 10,000 per year for retailers and up to $ 15,000 for growers.

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The ordinance authorizes 10 cannabis establishment licenses, with a maximum of three for retailers and the remaining seven split between growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and delivery, with no less than one license per class. . If after six months applications are accepted and no application is submitted for a particular class, then up to two licenses will be allowed for the remaining classes, the ordinance says.

Under the ordinance, cannabis establishments would be a permitted use in the township in the area southeast of Woodbridge Avenue between Amboy Avenue and Mill Road, with the exception of areas zoned for any category. residential use or less than 1,000 feet from any zoned zone for any category of residential use.

Cannabis establishments would be prohibited in all other zoning districts in the township.

Cannabis companies would not be allowed to also sell alcohol or tobacco products and there could be no on-site consumption of food, alcohol, tobacco or cannabis by customers. Businesses could be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and no one under the age of 21 would be allowed in a licensed cannabis establishment, the order says.

Licensed cultivation and processing operations would be required to provide air handling systems with odor-absorbing ventilation and exhaust systems so that odors originating from inside the facility are not detected at home. outside. These companies would also be required to provide noise attenuation devices to minimize disruption caused by machinery, processing, packaging and loading operations.

All cannabis businesses should be equipped with security cameras to cover the outdoor parking lot and loading area, entry points and indoor areas open to the public or used for the storage or processing of cannabis products. Police should have access to security footage upon request.

Under the ordinance, all cannabis companies would be required to provide at least one security guard during all hours when the facility is open to the public, lighting cannot overflow into residential areas and businesses. cannabis cannot be located 1,000 feet from a residential use or residential zone property. , within 1000 feet of a licensed day care center, elementary, middle or secondary school, and public or private college or university.

In addition, cannabis businesses cannot be located within 500 feet of a halfway house or correctional facility, within 500 feet of another cannabis business, or 1,000 feet from a public park or place of worship.

Periodic inspections will be carried out by the health department, zoning official, police or fire department to verify compliance, in accordance with the ordinance.

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