the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly supported legalizing marijuana on the November ballot. But many municipalities in the state are banning dispensaries, pot farms and manufacturing, and taking a “not in my back yard” approach to legalized marijuana sales.
Other towns seem to operating under the ,”wait and see” , trying to figure out what they are getting themselves into.
“Did Ridgewood overwhelmingly vote for legal marijuana?” CBS2’s Meg Baker asked Mayor Susan Knudsen on Friday . “There was a 2:1 ratio in favor of legalization,” Knudsen said. “We’ve heard from individuals who said, ‘Please don’t legalize this, we are a family community, we’re a residential community.’”
Neighboring Glen Rock will impose a ban on marijuana businesses, but has promised to keep tabs on the industry as it develops across the state.
The borough of Paramus with its many shopping malls is taking a different tract ,the council is outlining plans to allow recreational marijuana retailers, enticed by a transfer tax that would bring revenues to the borough. Mayor Richard LaBarbiera said he was given preliminary numbers of medical marijuana facilities making about $20 million per location, of which $400,000 would return to the borough through the 2% transfer tax.