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Hoboken To Hold Public Hearing On Pot Shops

November 19, 2018 - 8:11 am

HOBOKEN, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Hoboken is the latest spot in New Jersey to contemplate what a weed-filled future might look like.

The Mile Square City is set to get together Monday evening to figure out what will be going in and where if and when New Jersey lawmakers move ahead with recreational marijuana legalization.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla's current plan calls for three establishments, whether they be a retail store, dispensary or a cultivation facility, in the more industrial parts of town. They would be prohibited from going in any residential zones.

The ordinance was originally supposed to be voted on last month but was pulled from the agenda in favor of the citywide public hearing, allowing the community weigh in.

"I think in New Jersey what you're seeing is a lot of watching and waiting from municipalities," said Scott Rudder of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association.

Some towns are looking to capitalize as much as possible.

"Look at Red Bank, most recently is talking about welcoming this type of an industry because they know it's going to have a very positive economic impact," Rudder said.

While other towns, including Weehawken, Secaucus and Bridgewater, have passed regulations banning anything to do with legal weed.

"We have about 35 towns out of 565 in New Jersey. That's about six percent of the towns in New Jersey that are opting out thus far," said Rudder. 

But he's not too worried. Rudder says around 70 percent opted out in Colorado before quite a few started looking for a way back in.

Lawmakers in Trenton still expect to put a bill on Gov. Phil Murphy's desk by the end of the year.