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FLEMINGTON – Though there is not yet a specific proposal, the borough council voted 3-1 on Monday to endorse the concept of having a medical marijuana dispensary in the county seat.
Mayor Betsy Driver said the borough has been approached by several potential operators of dispensaries. Earlier this month, the Murphy administration announced it is seeking applicants to operate up to 108 medical marijuana dispensaries statewide, up from the current number of six.
The borough’s action came after both houses of the state legislature last week approved legislation to overhaul the state’s medical marijuana program, including the legalization of edible forms of medical marijuana and increasing the amount patients are allowed to purchase each month, from 2 to 3 ounces.
In two battles with cancer, Driver said she was given high doses of oxycodone to deal with the pain but went to Amsterdam in the Netherlands to use cannabis “to get off” the addictive drug.
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“It works,” the mayor said, adding “I don’t smoke it now.”
Any dispensary operator will have to get a license from the state and then receive planning board approval before opening.
Because Flemington is a small municipality and dispensaries are not allowed with 1,000 feet of schools or parks, there are only a limited number of locations along routes 31 or 202 where a dispensary can open.
For example, the vacant Rite Aid, at the corner of Church Street and Route 31, would seem to be an ideal location for a dispensary but it’s too close to the borough’s baseball fields, the