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Flemington appears to set limits on marijuana company


Mar 18, 2023


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FLEMINGTON – A lot of cannabis enterprises want to move to Flemington, but the areas exactly where they can set up shop might be restricted.

The Borough Council introduced an ordinance Monday that restricted the areas exactly where cannabis enterprises can open in the county seat.

If it passes soon after a public hearing March 27, the shops will not be permitted to open downtown or in the Stangl Road region.

The shops will only be permitted on state highways or county roads, the ordinance says.

But Borough Administrator Michael Humphrey told the Council that he is obtaining telephone calls from cannabis enterprises, which have currently received state approval, seeking to find in Flemington and are in the “pre-leasing” stage.

He mentioned they are eying spaces, like the vacant Rite Help at Route 31 and Church Street, the former Red Crab Juicy Seafood on the Flemington Circle and the former 30 Burgers subsequent to Burger King on Route 202.

Flemington has only 4 cannabis licenses, two for healthcare sales and two for recreational sales. 1 place can have each healthcare and recreational sales.

Aunt Mary’s opened a healthcare cannabis dispensary in the Shoppes at Flemington off the Flemington Circle in February.

For a shop to obtain state approval, a company ought to obtain the endorsement of the borough.

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In November, the Council endorsed McGraw Holdings’ proposal to open a dispensary on Stangl Road, but McGraw has not received approval from the state, Humphrey mentioned.

Council Member Susan Engelhardt mentioned the Preparing Board had determined by a majority vote that the proposed ordinance was “not in the spirit” of Flemington’s master strategy and was “substantially inconsistent” with the master plan’s get in touch with to encourage far more company in the downtown region.

Engelhardt, who also sits on the Preparing Board with Mayor Marcia Karrow, mentioned she supported the ordinance that can be changed at any time.

Simply because cannabis is a new company, she mentioned it could be “scary” for some people today and wanted to wait a handful of years to see the influence of cannabis enterprises in the state.

Karrow mentioned a “large concern” prompting the proposed ordinance limiting the enterprises to highways was parking and targeted traffic.

Downtown and Stangl Road might not have sufficient parking to manage the targeted traffic generated by a cannabis company, she mentioned, in contrast to Aunt Mary’s which is in a buying center with sufficient parking and superior targeted traffic circulation.

Karrow also mentioned the ordinance can be changed “anytime we want.”

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Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get limitless access to his articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account.

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