Business Owner Still Interested in Opening Marijuana Dispensary in Raritan, Borough Opting to Wait for Legislation, Direction From State –

RARITAN, NJ – With the borough council still holding off on making any definitive decisions regarding a marijuana dispensary, one company owner is  looking for answers as she tries to find real estate in Raritan.

Sarah Trent, founder of Middle Valley Partners, spoke before the council May 14 to try and get more information about her request to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the borough.

“I am trying to get real estate in Raritan to open a medical cannabis dispensary,” she said. “I want to work within what the council wants.”

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Trent initially came before the board in 2018 regarding opening a dispensary, in the hopes of getting direction from the borough about whether they would allow such a business in town.

At the time, Trent had said, the state department of health had an existing framework for medical cannabis, and issued a notice that there would be a three-stage request process for an application to sell it. She said she is only interested in selling, not growing marijuana.

At that point, the borough council tabled a resolution regarding an opinion on the legalization of recreational marijuana, but has said it would probably support medical marijuana. The council and planning board have yet to come to a determination about allowing a dispensary in the borough.

Mayor Charles McMullin said in late April that the planning board has ceased its study of whether the borough should allow for medical marijuana facilities in town until the passage of any legislation at the state level regarding marijuana.

Trent said this month that she is still trying to get some direction.

“I am not looking to open on Main Street, I am looking to open in an appropriate and potentially approved zone by the planning board,” she said.


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