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Flemington seems to set limits on marijuana enterprise


Mar 18, 2023


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FLEMINGTON – Lots of hashish companies need to transfer to Flemington, however the locations the place they’ll arrange store could also be restricted.

The Borough Council launched an ordinance Monday that restricted the locations the place hashish companies can open within the county seat.

If it passes after a public listening to March 27, the retailers is not going to be allowed to open downtown or within the Stangl Street space.

The retailers will solely be allowed on state highways or county roads, the ordinance says.

However Borough Administrator Michael Humphrey instructed the Council that he’s getting telephone calls from hashish companies, which have already obtained state approval, trying to find in Flemington and are within the “pre-leasing” stage.

He mentioned they’re eying areas, together with the vacant Ceremony Help at Route 31 and Church Road, the previous Crimson Crab Juicy Seafood on the Flemington Circle and the previous 30 Burgers subsequent to Burger King on Route 202.

Flemington has solely 4 hashish licenses, two for medical gross sales and two for leisure gross sales. One location can have each medical and leisure gross sales.

Aunt Mary’s opened a medical hashish dispensary within the Shoppes at Flemington off the Flemington Circle in February.

For a store to obtain state approval, a enterprise should obtain the endorsement of the borough.

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In November, the Council endorsed McGraw Holdings’ proposal to open a dispensary on Stangl Street, however McGraw has not obtained approval from the state, Humphrey mentioned.

Council Member Susan Engelhardt mentioned the Planning Board had decided by a majority vote that the proposed ordinance was “not within the spirit” of Flemington’s grasp plan and was “considerably inconsistent” with the grasp plan’s name to encourage extra enterprise within the downtown space.

Engelhardt, who additionally sits on the Planning Board with Mayor Marcia Karrow, mentioned she supported the ordinance that may be modified at any time.

As a result of hashish is a brand new enterprise, she mentioned it may very well be “scary” for some folks and wished to attend a couple of years to see the affect of hashish companies within the state.

Karrow mentioned a “massive concern” prompting the proposed ordinance limiting the companies to highways was parking and site visitors.

Downtown and Stangl Street might not have sufficient parking to deal with the site visitors generated by a hashish enterprise, she mentioned, not like Aunt Mary’s which is in a shopping mall with sufficient parking and good site visitors circulation.

Karrow additionally mentioned the ordinance may be modified “anytime we would like.”

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