Aberdeen proposes to license cannabis businesses; public hearing on July 22
ABERDEEN – City Council has set July 22 as the date for a public hearing and possible vote on an ordinance that, if passed, will allow certain cannabis companies to operate in Aberdeen Township.
Council members unanimously presented the ordinance at a special meeting on July 8.
A copy of the ordinance outlining the bylaws associated with the specific types of cannabis businesses that will be permitted to operate in the municipality if the ordinance is passed was not available for members of the public to read and review. .
Township attorney Jonathan Williams said it was legal for council members to present the order by reading the title of the legislation.
The title of the document is â€œOrdinance of the Township of Aberdeen Adopting an Amendment to the Trade and Transportation Center Redevelopment Plan to Authorize Cannabis Establishments, Distributors and Delivery Servicesâ€.
City officials said the ordinance would be forwarded to the town planning council for review.
Members of the public can comment or ask questions about the cannabis ordinance during the public hearing on July 22.
Potential action in Aberdeen Township follows the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act, also known as A-21, which was approved by state lawmakers in February after residents of New Jersey voted in 2020 to approve a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana.
State law legalizes the use of recreational marijuana (also known as adult marijuana) for certain adults, subject to state regulation; it decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana and hashish (a concentrate of marijuana); and it is removing marijuana as a Schedule I (high abuse potential) drug.
By August 21, officials in each New Jersey municipality must decide whether any or all of the types of state-approved cannabis businesses will be allowed to operate within their borders. If local authorities do not act, automatic zoning will allow the operation of cannabis businesses in the municipality.
Municipal officials, including those in the Township of Aberdeen, have the option of issuing six types of cannabis-related permits:
â€¢ Cannabis grower license, for facilities involved in the cultivation and cultivation of cannabis;
â€¢ Cannabis manufacturer license, for facilities involved in the manufacture, preparation and packaging of cannabis articles;
â€¢ Cannabis wholesaler license, for facilities involved in obtaining and selling cannabis items for subsequent resale by other license holders;
â€¢ Cannabis distributor license, for companies involved in the transport of bulk cannabis plants from one licensed grower to another licensed grower, or bulk cannabis items from any type of licensed cannabis business to a licensed grower. other;
â€¢ Cannabis Retailer License, for locations where cannabis items and related supplies are sold to consumers;
â€¢ Cannabis Delivery License, for companies providing courier services for consumer purchases that are made by an authorized cannabis retailer to deliver the purchased items to a consumer; this service would include the ability of a consumer to make a purchase directly through the cannabis delivery service which would be presented by the delivery service for execution by a retailer and then delivered to a consumer.
If municipal officials do not license a community-based cannabis delivery business, they cannot, by law, prohibit the delivery of cannabis and / or cannabis supplies to addresses in the municipality by a licensed delivery service in another city.
In other news, City officials participated in the grand opening of My CBD Organics, a retailer of Cannabidiol products in Colonial Plaza, 1121 Route 34.
My CBD Organics is a Georgia-based franchisor with nine locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, and New Jersey. The Aberdeen Township store is New Jersey’s second largest location. A store in Denville opened in October 2019, according to city officials.
â€œMy CBD Organics offers a wide selection of premium wellness and beauty products in an inviting spa-like store environment,â€ said President Brian Judy of Synergy Capital Partners, LLC. “These features are enhanced by the presence of knowledgeable customer service representatives who are trained to educate our customers on all of the great benefits that CBD has to offer.”
Judy is co-owner of the business with Desiree Uebele. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.