Holmdel officials propose to ban all cannabis companies in the township

HOLMDEL – The Holmdel township committee has introduced Ordinance 2021-25A which, if passed, will ban all cannabis businesses from operating in the township.

The order was presented at a meeting on July 13. Mayor Greg Buontempo, Deputy Mayor Cathy Weber, committee member Prakash Santhana, committee member Tom Critelli and committee member DJ Luccarelli voted “yes” on a motion to introduce the ordinance.

A public hearing on the ordinance has been scheduled for the August 10 committee meeting. Members of the public can comment or ask questions about the order at this time. The members of the commission can vote for the adoption of the ordinance at the end of the public hearing.

According to Ordinance 2021-25A, the following cannabis establishments would be prohibited in Holmdel: cannabis manufacturers; cannabis wholesalers; cannabis growers; cannabis retailers; cannabis distributors; and cannabis delivery services.

By law, the city committee cannot prohibit the delivery of cannabis items and related supplies to addresses in Holmdel by an authorized cannabis delivery service based and launched from a location outside of Holmdel. .

A second ordinance, ordinance 2021-25B, was also placed on the agenda for July 13 for possible consideration by the members of the municipal committee. This ordinance proposed to allow cannabis growers to operate on farms in Holmdel.

The action on Ordinance 2021-25B became moot following the unanimous introduction of Ordinance 2021-25A. The second ordinance was ignored by the unanimous consent of the members of the governing body.

During a discussion that preceded the committee vote to introduce Ordinance 2021-25A, Critelli said no entity or individual had expressed interest in becoming a cannabis grower in Holmdel.

Santhana said that a 2% percent tax that Holmdel officials have the power to levy on a cannabis grower could have produced about $ 120,000 in annual revenue for the municipality. He said he would not have expected more than two cannabis growers to operate in Holmdel if the use was permitted.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Eric Hinds, a former mayor, said he was “relieved” to see committee members introduce an ordinance banning all types of cannabis establishments from operating. in Holmdel.

“No amount of money (in municipal revenue) is worth bringing a drug entry into the community,” said Hinds.

The current action in Holmdel 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 New Jersey residents 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 one or all state-approved cannabis companies will be allowed to operate within their borders. If they don’t act, automatic zoning will allow cannabis businesses to operate.

Municipal authorities, including those in Holmdel, have the option of issuing six types of cannabis-related licenses:

• Cannabis grower license, for facilities involved in the cultivation and cultivation of cannabis;

• Cannabis manufacturer license, for facilities involved in the manufacture, preparation and packaging of cannabis articles;

• Cannabis wholesaler license, for facilities involved in obtaining and selling cannabis items for subsequent resale by other license holders;

• 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;

• Cannabis Retailer License, for locations where cannabis items and related supplies are sold to consumers;

• 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.

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