Red Bank, Eatontown, Fort Lee and Franklin Township have all expressed interest in having a medical marijuana facility open in their municipality.
The Fort Lee council officially supported medical marijuana dispensaries coming to town after a discussion that included former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer, northjersey.com reports.
The resolution was to show support for allowing medicinal marijuana, but doesn’t commit to one particular group, Mayor Mark J. Sokolich said.
“This is subject to, of course, the ultimate negotiation of a fair relationship and subject to vetting,” Sokolich said. “There’s incredible interest in doing this in Fort Lee. We’ve been contacted by at least eight groups that are all incredibly qualified.”
“When I heard it was coming to New Jersey, when I’ve been in the business for five years, I didn’t want out-of-towners coming in when I’m a native,” said Toomer, a New Jersey resident who is a partner in two medical marijuana facilities in Colorado and Nevada. “I wanted to come back home and we’re a majority minority-owned business. I feel there aren’t enough minorities in the business. I want to help the negative impact it’s had and the community that has been so damaged by it.”
Members of the borough council in Eatontown are supporting Peter Corallo’s plan to open a proposed Alternative Treatment Center in a commercial space near Industrial Way off Eoute 35, reports centraljersey.com.
In Red Bank, the mayor and council members voted on a resolution in support of the expansion of medical marijuana, allowing “Mayor and Council members may immediately
begin to issue letters in support of responsible medical marijuana businesses applying to the New Jersey Department of Health for an ATC permit.”
Franklin Township Council members voted unanimously on Aug. 14 to pass a resolution supporting the use of medical marijuana through an ATC in the municipality.
“To me, this discussion is about jobs, but it is also about the availability to patients. The state has passed a law that marijuana is legal for medical purposes,” Mayor Phil Kramer said prior to casting his vote in favor of the resolution. “It is a drug. There are pluses to it, there are minuses to it. It has side effects, which is why it is popular in the recreational area. But it is a drug that seems to many people to be a godsend and I was pretty neutral on it until my friend got brain cancer.”
The Vineland city council on Aug. 14 approved a referendum question for the November ballot: “Shall the City of Vineland permit the siting of medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary alternative treatment centers within the geographic boundaries of Vineland?”