MORRISTOWN, NJ — Prospective cannabis businesses now have a place in Morristown. Town Council passed an ordinance allowing zoning for up to two recreational and/or medical dispensaries in town, which would be limited to certain areas.
The regulations limit potential dispensaries to the Central Business District and zone MX-2 — Ridgedale and Madison Avenues, plus a portion of Martin Luther King Avenue. They also must be at least 1,000 feet from a grade school and 200 feet from houses of worship.
The ordinance passed on a 6-0 vote at Tuesday’s council meeting. Council President Stefan Armington called it “a very difficult decision.” But he referenced last year’s statewide referendum in which 77 percent of Morristown residents voted in favor of legalizing adult use of recreational weed.
“For the record, we’ve received numerous letters and requests to oppose this ordinance,” Armington said. “However, the will of the people was spoken through the public referendum.”
But Morristown won’t become the destination for a pot shop overnight.
A Town Cannabis Advisory Board would review all applicants for local licensing. But Town Council would have the authority to activate, suspend or revoke any licenses. Successful applicants will then have up to 18 months to obtain a state license.