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Bergen Towns Follow Different Paths on Legalizing Marijuana

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.

13 thoughts on “Bergen Towns Follow Different Paths on Legalizing Marijuana

  1. I can envision an fancy marijuana store next to Gucci in the Garden State mall making a ton of money

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  2. Glen Rock imposing a ban???????
    Shocking.

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  3. Can’t imagine why people sensationalize legalization. (Looks at picture of children smoking that’s posted on every other article about pot for some reason.) No idea what gets them all riled up.

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  4. Ridgewood kids are smoking dope all the time ,legalization will put local drug deals out if business

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  5. With a 21 age restriction the illegal trade will still coexist

  6. This is definitely happening we’ve already crossed this hardest part of the journey. However, like the quote said “Now it’s time for people to evolve with the times or be left behind.” Niccolo Makaveli FYI the town is not your back yard even if it’s a metaphor a scaring mindset of how a person who makes decisions for a town thinks of themselves.

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  7. Put a shop up, turn the movie theater into a dance club, allow food trucks, put in a shuffle board court indoors with a bar…. let’s pep up this town

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  8. “Makaveli”

    LOL.

  9. It’s amazing how this is still a topic for discussion. What exactly is the problem? Do people think that having a dispensary will all of a sudden turn the town into Time Square from the 80’s?
    How is it ok to sell alcohol in a town but not cannabis?? Alcohol causing thousands of deaths per year. There is zero benefit to alcohol yet it is widely used and promoted. Cannabis is used to treat many illnesses, pain, and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Cannabis is used to treat Opioid addiction. Last I checked, the Opioid Epidemic is still a thing in Bergen county.
    From a financial perspective, why wouldn’t we want cannabis related businesses? Do our towns have too much revenue? Maybe people are content with paying ridiculously high real estate taxes with nothing to show for it, but I am not.

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  10. Down the road the towns that are opposing it will have a change of heart you will see. It’s going to bring in a lot of tax money. That picture is totally propaganda. Little kids walking in buying marijuana. So stop it. People are so stupid.

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  11. So we are all now clear that “Medicinal Marijuana” WAS a SCAM and just a stepping stone to Legalization of RECREATIONAL Marijuana.

    It’s Settled Science.

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  12. The new world , why booze is better.

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  13. What about cigarettes, that are not good.

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