At their first in-person meeting at the municipal building after more than a year of virtual meetings, the Stanhope council prohibited all six classes of cannabis commerce in the borough.
In a 4-2 vote, the council passed an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the borough of Stanhope. A public hearing on the ordinance will be held on Tuesday, July 13.
Councilmen Anthony Riccardi and Gene Wronko voted against the ordinance.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed three laws, which went into effect on Feb. 22, that make the adult use of marijuana legal and decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana. No municipality may prohibit the delivery of marijuana, whether medical or recreational.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Enforcement Assistance Marketplace Modernization Act has created classes of commercial licenses for cultivators, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, and delivery services.
Municipalities have 180 days either to prohibit or allow some or none of these licenses. Approved licenses will remain valid for a five-year commitment period. Another 180-day review window follows after five years, when municipalities may again decide whether to prohibit licenses or add them.