On Thursday night, Jackson Township joined a growing list of over 70 municipalities in New Jersey to ban or limit cannabis establishments in their municipality.
Jackson Township’s Council unanimously voted to pass Ordinance 13-21 which prohibits all cannabis establishments, distributors or delivery services from operating anywhere in the Township.
The town council voted on the first reading of the ordinance on June 15.
The sole member of the public to comment on the proposed ordinance was a representative from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) union which represents cannabis establishments workers. He opposed the outright ban, pointing out that the township can curb retail establishments while allowing cultivation sites. He noted that each cultivation site can add 100 full-time jobs.
Town Council members spoke in favor of the ban. Council President Andrew Kern pointed out that there are currently many job openings in Jackson Township, and that some existing job sites have over 100 openings right now.
Council Vice President Martin Flemming said that he read many social media posts against the ban which claimed that the township would be losing out on possible tax revenue. He rebutted, “there are just too many unknowns here if we sit back and allow cannabis establishments in our town”.