Pennington adopts amended opt-in ordinance restricting retailers and medical cannabis dispensaries –

After months of discussions and public input, the Pennington Council has adopted an ordinance opting in to certain aspects of recreational cannabis businesses prior to the state mandated deadline.

There is an Aug. 21 deadline that had been set by the state for all municipalities to decide on an ordinance opting in or opting out from certain aspects of the six cannabis business licenses. If a municipality did not take action, the state would assume control of the decisions.

With its ordinance, Pennington is restricting cannabis retailers, medical cannabis dispensaries and cannabis delivery services. The ordinance opting in reduces the combined total number of licenses for cannabis retailers and medical dispensaries to two.

After public comment, Council President Catherine Chandler, Councilwoman Deborah Gnatt, Councilman Charles Marciante, Councilwoman Beverly Mills, and Councilman Ken Gross voted “yes” to adopt the ordinance during a council meeting on Aug. 16.

“I think we have been very careful to listen to everyone’s comments and even have made the necessary amendments that we are all comfortable with,” Mills said. “So I do believe we have done our due diligence in thinking about this as carefully as possible and putting everyone’s thoughts

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