Cities voice concerns to Cannabis Regulatory Commission over zoning, traffic, other issues

New Jersey municipalities have until Aug. 21 to decide whether to ban or limit marijuana businesses

On Tuesday, dozens of city leaders testified at the fourth meeting of the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission. Most of their concerns centered on issues like zoning and traffic — and the need to make their choices before the commission unveils the guidelines for cannabis facilities. The city of Hoboken is one of a growing list of municipalities quickly moving to restrict the number of stores and manufacturers that can set up shop within their borders.

Municipalities have until Aug. 21 to decide if they want to pass ordinances banning cannabis businesses or limiting their presence within the town. If they do not act by that date, towns will not be able to ban the businesses for five years.

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