Hopatcong Residents Invited to Share feedback on Marijuana Legislation with Borough Council

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During the 04/07/2021 meeting of the Borough of Hopatcong Ordinance 5-2021 was passed that prohibited recreational marijuana sales and growth within the Borough until more public feedback can be obtained. (Note: This excludes Medical Marijuana or Dispensaries which are permitted).

This seemingly dramatic step was taken by the Borough and 100’s of other towns in New Jersey. These towns seek to protect their communities against what they call a poorly written bill by Trenton, and if any town failed to act within 180 days, the law as written would apply to the town for the next 5-years.

Borough of Hopatcong Continues Transparency to Residents:

The Borough of Hopatcong has a long-standing policy of providing Transparency and the ability for residents to help voice what is right for the community, as they formed a council committee that will collect feedback and help modify the local law for everyone's benefit.

During the 04/07 meeting, the Mayor announced that councilmembers John Young and Ryan Smith, Hopatcong Police Captain Meghan McCluskey, and Borough Administrator Ron Tappan will form the sub-committee to review this matter further and provide recommendations as to what is right for the Borough.

Your Chance to be Heard:

The Councilmembers on the team are now asking that residents please e-mail the following primary members of the committee.

Copy and Paste to Send To: · jyoung@hopatcong.org, rsmith@hopatcong.org, mccluskey@hopatcongpolice.org, rtappan@hopatcong.org

To reach the following four members of the sub-committe.

Please voice your opinion by e-mail and not attached to this article or Facebook post.

Sales and Establishments can be banned – But it is Still Legal in NJ & Hopatcong

There has been some confusion when you use a term like “BAN”. It seems absolute, but what Hopatcong is actually working towards are the six levels of zoning included in the bill, that need to be determined. Residents need to know that, regardless of what businesses can operate in their town, it won't limit their ability to buy and consume cannabis.

For example, can QuickChek in town sell recreational marijuana, or can our local farms grow the crop, and what about turning local bars into smoking lounges. These are decisions you need to help resolve and zone into the right areas through your feedback.

Restating the Request from Councilmember Ryan Smith

 Ryan Smith 04 07 2021 Movoie In1“Please review the NJ State legislation before you send me your thoughts. Medical marijuana has been legal for two years and a medical dispensary can already be located in Hopatcong. There is none currently. The recreational marijuana legislation, which is a separate law, creates 6 classes of licenses.”

Zoning Activities related to the operations of the 28 proposed cannabis 1[grower] cultivator1 , cannabis 1[processor] 29 2[mandufacturer1] manufacturer2 , cannabis wholesaler, cannabis 30 distributor, cannabis retailer, or cannabis delivery service 2[and 31 related supplies]2 as will be conducted at the proposed facility.

“We must decide which licenses to permit in our town, how many of each license, and in which zones they must be located. We cannot regulate the use of marijuana. We cannot prohibit licensed delivery of marijuana. We also have the choice of not permitting any of the classes.

If we permit them, we are allowed to tax the respective licenses to a maximum of 2% of the receipts from each sale by a cannabis cultivator; two percent of the receipts from each sale by a cannabis manufacturer; one percent of the receipts from each sale by a cannabis wholesaler; and two percent of the receipts from each sale by a cannabis retailer.”

This is an important topic for our town that only our residents can help solve through your positive action in responding to the Council so that they can better serve our community.

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