Nordbergen issues a regulation that allows recreational cannabis facilities

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North Bergen will allow recreational cannabis facilities.

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North Bergen will allow recreational cannabis facilities.

North Bergen’s Board of Commissioners has enacted an ordinance allowing cannabis operations in the community.

New Jersey communities were required to act by August 21, the deadline before cannabis operations would automatically be allowed in any community that missed the recreational cannabis law deadline.

The municipal council unanimously approved the ordinance at its meeting on July 14th.

Limited licenses allowed

Cannabis operations can be operated in Nordbergen after approval by the state and the municipality. But the Regulation limits the number of retail cannabis licenses to two.

Under the ordinance, the municipality will allow all classes of business licenses except those for cannabis delivery. The ordinance bans cannabis delivery services in and out of the community.

The regulation also prohibits areas of cannabis use. This means that no lounges will light up.

At the community level, the cannabis committee consists of the community administrator, the chief of police, and the community improvement director or their agents.

The committee will evaluate license applications; Evaluate applications for local support for entities applying for state licenses; recommend to the Board of Commissioners whether or not to approve licenses; Assess violations; and hear appeals against license suspensions or revocations.

Fees, Taxes and Fines

Initial license application fees include: $ 10,000 for cannabis distributors and wholesalers, $ 15,000 for cannabis retailers and manufacturers, and $ 20,000 for cannabis growers.

License renewal fees are $ 5,000 for cannabis distribution and wholesalers licenses, $ 7,500 for cannabis retail and producer licenses, and $ 10,000 for cannabis cultivation licenses.

The ordinance also provides for a tax on the sale of cannabis in the community.

There is a two percent tax on every sale by a cannabis grower, a two percent tax on every sale by a manufacturer, one percent tax on every sale by a wholesaler, and a two percent tax on every sale by a retailer.

Violations of the regulation can result in a fine of up to $ 2,000.

Limitations, requirements and locations

No cannabis operation can be housed in a vehicle or mobile structure. Facilities must have devices to reduce odors.

External generators and other mechanical devices used for power, cooling, or ventilation must be enclosed and have appropriate buffers.

The community is unique in that it requires institutions to provide opaque barriers to protect operations. Facilities must close at 8:00 p.m.

The ordinance restricts cannabis plant locations to either road traffic or industrial zones. Within the C-2 Highway Commercial District, one branch is permitted north of 43rd Street and the other south of it. The facilities must not be located within 300 meters of each other or within 300 meters of a school.

WNY too?

In addition to North Bergen, the city of West New York has also moved to allow cannabis operations within its borders. The WNY Board of Commissioners, at its July 14 meeting, voted in favor of introducing a regulation that would allow cannabis operations.

The ordinance allows a retail cannabis establishment in the city. The office would be in the newly established Cannabis Overlay Zone, which includes: Real estate currently referred to as CR, Retail Service Commercial on Service Bergenline Avenue, between 49th and 55th Streets.

The establishment must be exclusively retail; cultivate, Manufacturing, business-to-business distribution, wholesale, or delivery to consumers from the facility is prohibited.

To apply for a retail license, the registration fee is $ 6,000 and the renewal fee is $ 15,000.

Unique to WNY’s regulation, facilities cannot use Images of or depicting a marijuana leaf. Besides, noo Cannabis or cannabis utensils in retail are to be displayed in every shop window.

The ordinance also imposes the permissible two percent tax on the sale of cannabis in the city. A public hearing will be held on August 2nd. For more information, see the city’s calendar website at westnewyorknj.org.

Secaucus and Weehawken say no for the time being

North Bergen and WNY are now joining Bayonne, Jersey City and Hoboken to enable recreational cannabis facilities. Meanwhile, Weehawken has followed the path of Union City and Guttenberg in enacting bans on cannabis establishments other than medical dispensaries.

Secaucus also put in place an ordinance that would do the same, as well as a two percent tax on medical cannabis sales in the city. The Harmony Dispensary is located in Secaucus, but it is the only medical cannabis facility in the district.

“The ordinance gives the city more time to enforce its ordinances because [the state] Give cities a very quick turnaround timeframe to enact their own ordinances and regulations rather than being bound by the state, ”said Gary Jeffas, Secaucus community administrator.

Most municipalities that issue these prohibition ordinances do so as placeholders. If a municipality does not act by the August deadline, all types of recreational facilities are permitted in that municipality for a period of five years.

The idea is that these settlement prohibition ordinances maintain the status quo while the communities work out the details of which settlement they would allow in the first place.

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