Following a robust series of public discussions, the Highland Park Borough Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, August 17th to pass an ordinance that allows cannabis dispensaries to operate and permits delivery of cannabis products in the Borough.
The vote follows open public forums held by the Borough on June 29th and August 17th, to elicit the views of residents on whether or not to approve cannabis sales, and public comment sessions at the July 6th and August 3rd Mayor and Borough Council meetings, that invited feedback from residents on the prospects of cannabis sales in town.
The ordinance approved by the Borough Council allows Class 5 Cannabis Retailers in the CBD Central Business District and the C Commercial District and Class 6 Cannabis Delivery Services throughout the town. The ordinance prohibits Cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and wholesale businesses from operating in the Borough.
In discussion leading up to the vote, Council members took note of the fact that in the statewide ballot question in November 2020 on whether or not to legalize the recreational use of cannabis in New Jersey, 68.4% of Highland Park residents voted ‘Yes,’ exceeding the statewide total of 67.08%. The Council also recognized that their two neighboring towns,