Chester cannabis business ban regulation postponed

CHESTER, NJ – The Chester Borough Prohibition of Recreational Cannabis Businesses of Any Kind, due for adoption June 15, has been postponed.

The public hearing and adoption is now on the schedule for the Tuesday 6th July meeting.

District Mayor Janet Hoven said Friday the ordinance’s approval had been postponed for procedural reasons and the district must refer her to the Land Use Board and County of Morris for further review.

Chester Borough introduced the Prohibition Ordinance on May 18 to gather more information on zoning issues and community feedback before allowing any type of recreational marijuana business in the community.

Like many parishes, including neighboring Chester Township, Hoven said the district has received little information about regulations for recreational marijuana businesses from the state of New Jersey.

The municipality passed its ordinance on June 1st and scheduled a town hall with experts for its ordinance on June 15th on the same night as the first public hearing of the municipality.

Both Hoven and Chester Township Mayor Marcia Asdal raised the same concerns about licensing cannabis companies before the regulations are known, as communities that do so are then bound by their decision for five years. Hoven and Asdal both said the prohibition ordinance gives communities more time.

“We’ll just say ‘no’ for now,” said Hoven.

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