HILLSIDE, NJ — New Jersey’s legalization of marijuana use has resulted in the state needing to license new dispensaries to meet the needs of more than 100,000 medical marijuana patients. That a dispensary may be coming to his township took Hillside Council Vice President George L. Cook III by surprise.
“I was looking at a Hillside Facebook page, as I normally do to keep on top of residents’ issues, when I came across an article about some medical marijuana dispensaries possibly getting licensed in New Jersey,” Cook said on Friday, Feb. 26. “As recreational marijuana is a big issue right now, I read the article and was surprised that a medical marijuana dispensary could possibly be licensed to come into Hillside. That was my first time hearing about it.
“I was shocked to read that, due to a New Jersey Department of Health regulation, three prominent members of the community could speak for the community on whether or not a dispensary was wanted,” he continued. “I was upset that such a regulation would exist that allows a dispensary trying to come into town to essentially bypass the governing body and the residents of Hillside without getting their input.”