With deadline in sight, NJ towns grapple with marijuana decision

Some towns have chosen to ban cannabis companies. Others must decide before August 21

New Jersey’s statewide push to allow recreational cannabis for adults is meeting some resistance on the local level. Some towns have already chosen to ban cannabis companies, and others — hoping for more guidance from the Cannabis Regulatory Commission — must decide before the August 21 deadline.

In Edgewater Park, Burlington County the decision was to say yes to a Curaleaf medical marijuana dispensary; the grand opening was Friday. After touring the dispensary, Mayor Lauren DiFilippo said, “It’s a very safe and beautiful facility. I don’t think there will be a problem. Their focus is people who need the product and not some kind of shop that we should be scared of.”

Bridgette Fonseca, Curaleaf’s district manager, said the company is preparing for adult recreational use while opening more dispensaries to meet the need for medical marijuana.

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