Correction: An earlier version of the story said the state was looking at Flemington as a location for a future cannabis business. The state has made no indication that one town has an advantage over any other.
Starting Monday, the state Division of Medicinal Marijuana will open up the application process to those seeking to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in portions of New Jersey.
This action comes on the heels of the Flemington Borough Council voting 3-1 on June 24 to endorse the installment of a medical marijuana dispensary in Hunterdon County.
The resolution states that “the need for medical marijuana in New Jersey currently exceeds the supply that existing licensed ATCs (Alternative Treatment Centers) can provide.” Of the six medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of New Jersey, the closest to Flemington is located in Ewing.
Mayor Betsy Driver described the resolution as “a formality,” as the state ultimately controls the establishment of these dispensaries.
“The state requires some kind of endorsement from the municipality saying that we’re OK with it,” Driver said. “Because the state doesn’t want to grant a license for a dispensary to a town that says ‘no, no, no; there’s no way this could happen.’”
Driver said she supports the borough’s endorsement because “medical marijuana is proven to be an effective medicine for a lot of conditions.”
“It’s known that medical cannabis serves a beneficial role in illnesses. So I think it’s a moral imperative that we do whatever we can to make sure that people obtain the medicine they need,” Driver said.
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