The letters do not commit the township to having a dispensary but instead help establish relationships with vendors who have expressed interest in the town.
WILLINGBORO — In a move that opens the possibility of a medical marijuana dispensary here, the township has written several letters of support for vendors who want to set up shop.
The letters do not commit the township to having a dispensary but instead help establish relationships with vendors who have expressed interest in the town, and who likely are looking not only for profitable locations but for local governments enthusiastic about having a dispensary.
The letters also can be used by vendors in support of their applications to the state department of health, which currently is accepting applications for 24 new licenses for medical marijuana businesses across New Jersey, including at least seven in the southern part of the state.
Five of the seven South Jersey licenses would be for selling medical marijuana, one for cultivation and processing of the plant, and one for “vertical integration” or growing, processing and selling.
Applications for this round of licensing are due to the department of health this week.
There are no medical marijuana dispensaries or cultivation sites currently in operation in Burlington County.
Willingboro Mayor Martin Nock on Monday said a dispensary would bring in money for the township, but noted the township would face fierce competition in scoring one.
“If you deduct certain things we’d be fortunate to get one,” Nock said, noting he anticipates that at least one of the seven South Jersey dispensaries will go to Trenton, another one to Atlantic City, one to Camden and one to the shore. “Certainly one will come this way, but there’s a lot of towns here, and a lot have committed and said we’ll do it.”