MORRISTOWN — Town officials would allow licenses for two marijuana businesses in the downtown area under regulations proposed at Tuesday’s council meeting.
The 16-page ordinance, approved unanimously, would establish zoning codes and licensing requirements for weed dispensaries. Town officials could vote to adopt the rules as soon as next month.
“Our ordinance establishes an application process for prospective applicants to file with the town and includes everything from their security plan to their finishing queuing plan, traffic management and a number of other things,” said council President Stefan Armington.
Voters last year made New Jersey the 13th state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and Gov. Phil Murphy signed enabling legislation in February that allows individual towns to regulate the business within their borders.
Morristown’s ordinance would change the town zoning code to allow for both recreational and medical dispensaries. Two businesses would be allowed to operate at a time around the town’s core district along Morris and South streets and in the mx2 district near Martin Luther King Avenue.
Smoking marijuana in public spaces would not be allowed.
Dispensaries cannot be within 200 feet of houses of worship or 1,000 feet of any school. Parking must be provided on-site, and no sampling is allowed in the business. The ordinance also limits hours of operation to 9 a.m. to 8 p,m. from Monday through Saturday and noon to 8