Pennington would restrict recreational cannabis with opt-in ordinance – centraljersey.com

The Pennington council has introduced an opt-in ordinance that would permit a combined total of three cannabis retailers and medical dispensaries to operate in two borough zones.

If ultimately adopted by the Borough Council, the opt-in ordinance will restrict additional class licenses for cannabis businesses in the borough.

With the introduction of the ordinance occurring at a June 7 Borough Council meeting, the Planning Board will now be the next body to review the ordinance and the zoning changes. If the Planning Board approves the ordinance it will return to the Borough Council for a public hearing.

Pennington’s ordinance leaves the business highway zone and the office business zone for cannabis retailers, cannabis delivery services, medical cannabis dispensaries. The mixed use one zoning district is for cannabis delivery services only.

The permitted combined total of three cannabis retailers and medical dispensaries in the business highway zone and the office business zone must have one place in one of the two zones reserved for a medical cannabis dispensary, according to the ordinance. If no medical dispensary applicant applies then only two applicants for recreational cannabis can be permitted, while one space is held open for a

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